The Jonesboro City Council will soon consider putting a one cent sales tax on the ballot for a special election this November.
"What we need is better roads and economic development," Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told a council committee Tuesday afternoon.
Mayor Perrin said those two things go hand in hand and are the focus of the one cent sales tax he's proposing.
Perrin told Finance Committee members that the tax will be divided up into two parts. 7/8ths of the tax will go to funding major road projects that are scattered throughout Jonesboro.
Some of the projects include an overpass at Highland and Nettleton, an eastern arterial to connect Highways 49 and 63 and relocation of Highway 351.
The remaining 1/8th of the one cent sales tax will go to economic development.
"Population growth and economic development will create the need for better roads, there's no question for that," Mayor Perrin said. "At the same time, you have to have better roads to support economic development."
Some committee members also weighed in on the proposed sales tax.
"I know everybody is not for tax and I'm really not for tax but some things we have to do," Councilman Rennell Woods said. "It's a wave coming that we haven't seen before. Our community is changing day by day."
After Mayor Perrin's presentation, the committee voted to forward the ordinances regarding both portions of the one cent sales tax to the full city council.
The full council meets August 18. If they approve the ordinance for a special election for the sales tax, it would take place on November 10, 2015.
If approved by voters, the sales tax would sunset in 2026.
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