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Sales tax vote heads to polls in May

Voters head to the polls May 22 to decide the fate of a one-cent sales tax in Calico Rock that would fund a police department and the purchase of a fire truck, city officials said Friday. (Source: KAIT-TV) Voters head to the polls May 22 to decide the fate of a one-cent sales tax in Calico Rock that would fund a police department and the purchase of a fire truck, city officials said Friday. (Source: KAIT-TV)
CALICO ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

Residents in one Izard County town head to the polls next month to decide the fate of a proposed one-cent sales tax that supporters say will help the city with solving a major problem. 

Voters in Calico Rock will decide the sales tax on May 22. If approved, the revenue from the tax would go toward helping create a police department in the town as well as helping the fire department purchase a fire truck. 

The city needs a fire truck and the money from the tax would help cover the cost, Mayor Ronnie Guthrie said. Also, the city has been saving money for a fire truck. 

As for the police, Guthrie said the town does not have a police department and that the Izard County Sheriff's Office helps to patrol the town. Guthrie said the need for a police department in a town of 1,500 people is great. 

"There is a drug problem in every city around, that's one reason for law enforcement. Just the presence of an officer is a deterrent," Guthrie said. 

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