A poll of Arizona small-business owners released Thursday by the National Federation of Independent Business showed that 71 percent of them oppose Proposition 100 — the May 18 ballot referendum seeking a three-year, 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.
Twenty-five percent were in favor and 4 percent were undecided.
“In conversations I’ve had with many of our members, there seems to be an overarching attitude that they spend their daily lives balancing revenues with expenditures, so they expect state government to do the same,” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona director of the NFIB.
Based on the poll results, he said the organization plans to campaign against the proposal, which proponents say is needed to balance the state budget and maintain critical state government services.
Quinlan said Arizona already has the fifth-highest sales tax burden in the nation.
“The average Arizonan annually pays $1,440.83 in sales taxes, which is 43 percent above the national average,” he said.