City considers $30 billion transit tax

The Phoenix City Council is now deciding whether to put the sales tax issue on the August ballot for voters to decide. 

It would increase and extend a sales tax by 3/4th's on every dollar. The money would go to improving roads, busses, and extend light rail.

To those who use the Metro Light Rail daily to get around the valley, it is priceless.

"I live on 69th Avenue, and I take the bus and take the light rail to work, and without that I wouldn't have the job right now," said one commuter.

"Oh my gosh, every day I have to take busses and a light rail every day just to get to work and back," said another commuter.

But riders say it would be worth it to improve light rail coverage of the valley.

"It could go to Metro Center, to South Phoenix, to the Cardinal's stadium, I think they should approve it," said a commuter.

"Bad transit systems here, I've lived all over the world, and this is the worst system, I'm sorry," said another commuter.

Currently the light rail heads south and stops in downtown Phoenix, then heads east to Tempe and Mesa. One of the new proposals would fund a route to have it continue south to Baseline. 

"As you look around the sound side it could definitely use an economic boost, so we definitely could use the light rail coming this way," said a South Phoenix resident.

"Yeah, it would bring a lot more people to this area, open up the businesses more," said a resident.

Right now shoppers pay 20 cents for every $100 they spend; the new plan would nearly double that. 

Phoenix's last major transportation plan was passed by voters in 2000, but funding fell about a billion dollars short of projections, thus the need for a new tax.
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