Arizona court upholds Pinal County sales tax for transportation

An Arizona court ruling Thursday upholds a half-cent sales tax for Pinal County transportation projects, a levy that coujty voters approved in 2017 but that was later overturned by a trial judge.

The decision by a state Court of Appeals panel said the scope of the measure complied with state law.

State Tax Court Judge Christopher Whitten had ruled against the county and in favor of taxpayer plaintiffs represented by the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based advocacy group.

County officials envisioned money from the tax being used for projects such as a new freeway to connect Apache Junction with Interstate 10 and widening of State Route 347.