Street Maintenance Sales Tax
Azle City Council called a Special Election for May 7, 2022 for the purpose of submitting a proposition to the Azle voters on the question of re-authorizing the local sales and use tax for an additional 4 years under the provisions of the Texas Tax Code at the rate of one-quarter of one percent (1/4%) to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. Election information
City of Azle Street Maintenance Sales Tax
The Texas Legislature established the street maintenance sales tax in 2001 through Texas Tax Code Chapter 327. The purpose of the legislation is to allow cities to adopt a sales tax rate of up to 1/4th of one percent to be fully dedicated to the maintenance and repair of existing streets. A tax rate of 1/4th of one percent equals 2.5 cents on a $10 purchase or 25 cents on a $100 purchase.
The sales tax is adopted by an election in the city and is in effect for a period of 4years. After that time has expired, the voters of the city must reauthorize the sales tax for each additional 4, 8 or 10 year period.
In February 2003, Azle voters approved a one-fourth cent sales tax to fund repairs and maintenance of existing streets in Azle city limits. The tax went into effect July 1, 2003, was reauthorized by Azle voters on November 7, 2006; November 2, 2010; November 4, 2014; and May 5, 2018. Azle voters will have the opportunity to again reauthorize the sales tax for an additional 4 years in an election held on May 7, 2022.
Revenue from the sales tax may only be used to repair or maintain streets that existed at the time of the election to adopt or reauthorize the sales tax.
The following brochure provides an overview of the Street Maintenance Sales Tax and the streets that have benefited from the sales tax dollars since it was last reauthorized by the Azle voters in 2018.