Jonesboro City Council approves sales tax proposals

Jonesboro City Council approves sales tax proposals

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro City Council approved 2 proposals that will give residents a chance to vote for 2 sales tax measures.

The council, at a special meeting Tuesday evening, voted to approve a 1-cent sales tax proposal. The proposal will now be placed on the November ballot as 2 items.

One of the proposals will go towards road and bridge construction projects within the city limits. The other 1/8th of a percent will go towards economic development.

Mayor Harold Perrin said this tax will help the city of Jonesboro in the future. He explained the city was seeing about 3 percent growth every year and planned to inform the public on what the money would go to.

"I plan to hold several public hearings so people can look at all the showboards which shows all the 20 projects that we are looking at," Perrin said. "I also want to tell them that there will be monies in there to help do some of the overlays on some of our roads that we need improved."

He isn't sure when the meetings will be held but he did have a group working on setting them up.

Not everyone was excited about the tax. Some said they still had questions that they didn't think would be answered by the time of the election.

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