Special election to decide allocation of city tax

Special election to decide allocation of city tax

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Jonesboro voters approve a request to lift the restriction on a city sales tax.

The unofficial results of that special election are 613 people voted to lift the restriction on the tax, and 348 voted to keep the restriction. That is 64% for and 36% against.

In 2000, the city passed a permanent 1% sales tax that generates $15 million annually, with half of it restricted to capital improvements, and the other half going to general revenue. In 2010, the city passed a .5% temporary sales tax that generates $7.5 million annually and expires December 2014.

Mayor Perrin said if the measure does not pass, city money "will be tight" for the next two years.

"We've done so much on capital improvement in the last 3 to 5 years that there's no need to keep building in that," Perrin said.

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said only 425 people early voted so they are hoping more people will show up to the polls on Tuesday. He said every poll within the city limits will be open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

"If we hit 1,000 or more, I'll be shocked. That's really not a major consensus of the entire population of the city of Jonesboro," Perrin said.

Next year, Perrin said the city's budget will be somewhere around $50 million.

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