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Proposed sales tax could benefit Blytheville

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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

One city in Region 8 could soon see a half-cent uptick in their sales tax.

The Blytheville Finance Committee recently looked at the option and said if the new sales tax went through, it would go toward funding the police and fire departments.

The funding could prove to be beneficial for the police department, allowing more police presence and a better response time, supporters have said.

One gas station manager said she's only lived in Blytheville for a few weeks and has already faced an attempted robbery.

"It's kind of high already, but if it will bring more police and more patrolling around the neighborhoods because me just moving here, I don't see a lot of police," said Nakkithia Britt.

Right now, residents pay a 10% sales tax rate.

The committee said over a ten-year period, the half-cent tax would bring in roughly $1.4 million dollars. 

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