TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson residents have voted in a half-cent increase to the city’s sales tax.

Unofficial results from Tuesday night showed 62 percent of votes had been in favor of the tax hike.

Officials say money from the tax will go toward road repairs and public safety equipment and facilities.

The tax is expected to raise $250 million throughout the next five years. It increases sales tax from 2 cents per $1 to 2½ cents per $1. It is expected to cost the average resident about $3 more per month.

The new tax will go into effect July 1.