Quorum court creating awareness about proposed sales tax

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - Clay County Quorum Court has created a special committee to encourage voters to support the proposed 1% sales and use tax.

Clay County Judge, Gary Howell, said if the 1% sales and use tax does not pass, several services will suffer or be eliminated completely.

"It will help keep the jail running, The Detention Center, The BRAD Senior Citizens, BRAD Head Start, Health Department, The Extension Office, Veterans Office, Flood Plain Management, Juvenile expenses, Paupers and Welfare assistance, Office of Emergency Management, Chalk Bluff, County Library, and assist with Department of Human Services," said Howell.

Judge Howell wants the special committee to help residents understand how important is to vote for the sales tax.

"I know there are going to be some people that don't think they can afford it, but we can't afford not to have it," said Howell.

The nearly $1.3 million collected, if the tax is passed, would be distributed to all cities within Clay County based on population.

"It's not just for one certain area," said Howell.

A special election for the 1% sales and use tax will be held on Oct. 8, 2013.

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