Blytheville Mayor Voices Concerns About New Sales Tax

February 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - With a new seven-eighths cent sales tax increase looming, cities like Blytheville and Texarkana, that are near the border, are getting concerned.

Blytheville Mayor Barrett Harrison said many in his town already do their shopping in Memphis.  He said the added burden limits his ability to raise sales taxes for local improvements.

The Legislature passed the tax to fund education reforms.

In Texarkana, the new hike pushed the sales tax to a dime on the dollar.  In Texas, the sales tax rate is eight and a quarter percent.

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