Aren’t sales taxes regressive?


Let’s let Tucson families decide for themselves which is more important to them: scholarships for their kids or paying one penny more for a $2 ice cream cone. The .5 cent sales tax will cost the average person $36 per year. Poorer families will pay less and richer ones will pay more. While sales taxes are indeed regressive, well-off families make more (and more expensive) taxable purchases, and will therefore pay for a much greater share of the fund. (Food, medicine and rent are not taxed.) Struggling families with young children will be eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships, many times more than their sales-tax burden.