Blytheville businesses and chamber oppose proposed sales tax

Blytheville businesses and chamber oppose proposed sales tax

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Several businesses and the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce are speaking out against a proposed one-cent sales tax increase.

On Oct. 20, the city will hold a special election on the proposed hike.

If passed, the city will have a total sales tax of 11 cents.

Some businesses along Main Street have put up signs in opposition.

Tommy Abbott, owner of Delta Auto Parts, has a sign out front stating "No plan. No sunset. No new tax. Vote no to 11 on October 20."

Russell's Sales in downtown Blytheville has "No new tax" spelled out with yellow posted notes on the shop's window, along with some smaller signs too.

Abbott, who is also on the city council, told Region 8 News this sales tax would hurt business like his and send customers to neighboring cities.

"We got a lot of negative things going on in Blytheville. We got a lot of good things going on in Blytheville, as well. But if we got a lot of negative things then we don't want to add one more thing that will even make people think about going somewhere else than going to Blytheville," Abbott said.

Abbott was the only person on the council to oppose the tax proposal before it was passed.

The Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce has also openly opposed the sales tax, saying it would hurt local merchants.

The sales tax will be permanent if passed in October.

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