Committee kicks off campaign to renew sales tax

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

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

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

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

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

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

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