Cities, lawmakers, governor seek deal on tax overhaul

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A group of lawmakers is meeting with representatives of cities and towns and Gov. Jan Brewer's office as they try to reach a deal on a portion of Brewer's sales tax collection overhaul proposal that has brought intense opposition from municipalities who will lose revenue under the current plan.

Brewer's proposal ran into a firestorm of opposition from cities and towns which would be hurt because of how the current measure shifts taxation of new construction. It's now based on where the building is done, so growing areas get added revenue. Brewer wants it changed to where the materials are sold.

Friday's meeting is the latest between the parties as they try to reach a deal on sales taxes levied on new construction, audits and who does the collections.

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