DALLAS - Tucson's plan to refurbish its downtown with $454 million of bonds along with private capital is the culmination of a decade of planning for the project known as Rio Nuevo.

The City Council last week approved the financing, with $277 million of bonds expected to be issued by 2010 and the rest issued by 2014. The debt would be backed by a special sales tax that city officials expect to quadruple by 2025.

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