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July 16 is deadline to submit arguments on Prop. 479 for Arizona voter pamphlet

Mayor Kate Gallego stands behind a podium. She is speaking and gesturing with both hands, wearing a light pink suit.
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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego spoke in support of Proposition 479 on Feb. 27, 2024.

Maricopa County residents have until 5 p.m. on July 16 to submit arguments for or against Proposition 479, a measure to renew a half-cent sales tax for transportation funding.

The half-cent tax, first approved in 1985, is set to expire at the end of 2025.

Proposition 479 would renew the tax through 2045 and earmark the money raised for freeway and highway projects, roadways and public transit.

Individuals and organizations can make the case for or against Proposition 479 through the county recorder’s office.

Those statements, which must be 300 words or less, will appear on Maricopa County voters’ 2024 General Election Pamphlet.

All voters are mailed a copy of the pamphlet before early voting begins in October.

It costs $25 to submit an argument.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct that July 16 is the last day to submit arguments for or against Proposition 479,

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.