Jonesboro city leaders detail planned road projects

Jonesboro city leaders detail planned road projects

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A special election that could raise the sales tax in Jonesboro by one cent is less than two months away.

Monday, city leaders held a press conference detailing the nearly 20 road projects that they hope can be partially funded through that tax.

A number of the projects will be funded solely through the city. However, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin explained that they hope to partner with the Arkansas Highway and Transpiration Department on a majority of the road projects too.

However, Mayor Perrin said that funding from the city plays a huge part in what they can get from the state.

"If you put money into it, then the Highway Department is obviously going to help you with some type of match. What degree? It depends on the safety and capacity," Mayor Perrin said. "But we have seen that over and over and over in the northwest side of the state and I think it's time for us now to get some of those funds."

The special election takes place November 11th. The one cent sales tax will appear as two ballot items.

According to ordinances passed by city council earlier this year, the ballots will be for a 7/8 of a cent sales tax for infrastructure and 1/8 of a cent sales tax for economic development.

Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Young told Region 8 News that the economic development portion of the sales tax is critical in the future success of Jonesboro.

"Being able to have the capacity to continue to grow our economy is extremely important to our community and the entire region," Young said. "So it's extremely important that we be able to have funds to invest in infrastructure and land and workforce development and training."

The city also plans to host a series of public hearings prior to the special election. In those, information regarding the road projects will be presented.

The dates of those public hearings are expected to be announced later this week.

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