Border crossing fee opposed by Nogales Mayor and City Council | News
In May, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino and City Council members unanimously approved a resolution opposing the idea of a border crossing fee.
The approved resolution states that the local economy ‘continues to struggle in rebounding from the past Great Recession as well as from a barrage of negative press and media coverage and that the imposition of a border crossing fee would discourage and hinder Mexican tourists and shoppers from crossing into the state to shop.’
“About 60 percent of the sales tax the City makes comes from Mexican shoppers who come into our city to shop.” said Mayor Garino, in a recent news release. “Asking them to pay an additional fee to come into the U.S. to shop will affect not just our city, but will affect the entire state.”
Arizona’s border region, which includes the City of Nogales, generates over $26 billion in annual economic activity for the state. This in turn helps support an estimated 235,000 Arizona jobs.
On August 21, 1985, a unified City Council passed a similar resolution in response to a prior effort by Congress to impose a ‘Customs User’s Fee’, which was assessed against all those entering the USA.
For additional information or for any questions or inquiries, please contact the Mayor’s executive assistant, Diana Cruz, at (520)285-5602.