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Arizona cities, towns, propose own tax simplification plan

PHOENIX -- Cities and towns opposed to major provisions of Gov. Jan Brewer's overhaul of the state's complex sales tax collection scheme are rolling out their own ideas to simplify the system.

The cities' plan released Wednesday ditches Brewer's elimination of a tax on construction. Instead cities want a study of how an overhaul could be crafted to avoid losses for cities.

Municipalities oppose Brewer's plan because it shifts taxes on new construction and other contracting. They say they stand to lose millions in revenue.

The cities' proposal includes many of the goals Brewer wants, such as single audits and a single point of payment. Businesses often now undergo multiple audits from different cities and counties.

They've been negotiating with Brewer and lawmakers since she rolled out her plan in February.

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