Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee’s public meetings re: proposed sales tax increase


If you can’t make any of these meetings, please go online and give your input about this proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase. Speak up Tucson.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Re-posted on FB to remind people to send in comments, or attend one of the upcoming 7 public meetings. This is apparently a 1/2 cent sales tax increase only to be voted on by the Board of Supervisors, not the voters/public. D 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll was always opposed to any sales tax increase, but now Steve Christy favors one.

  2. Forgot to remind our readers of last night’s public meeting. People don’t seem to understand that it will only take a vote by 5 of the Pima County Supervisors to pass this 1/2 cent sales tax. Next meetings coming up in January (9 to 23).

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