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Committee kicks off campaign to renew sales tax

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INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Officials in Independence County hope people will once again vote ‘yes' for jobs.

A campaign effort kicked off Monday aimed at renewing a quarter-cent sales tax passed in 2008 to fund economic development projects.

Bob Stroud, a Batesville attorney that co-chairs the Keep Independence County Growing campaign committee, says he's optimistic that people will vote to keep the sales tax on the books despite the approval of two other sales taxes recently.

"We've had some tough losses, and we're going through tough losses now," Stroud said. "But if we don't have this tax and this fund to recruit and maintain industry, then life won't be as wonderful as it is now."

During the past five years, economic development officials credit the sales tax revenue for helping bring in about 1,200 new jobs as well as about $75 million in new business investments to the area.

Voters will decide if the sales tax gets renewed during an election scheduled for December 10.

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