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City officials working to reallocate sales tax money

Harrisburg officials hope to reallocate sunsetting sales tax. (Source: KAIT-TV) Harrisburg officials hope to reallocate sunsetting sales tax. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Mayor Randy Mills (Source: KAIT-TV) Mayor Randy Mills (Source: KAIT-TV)
HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) -

City officials in Harrisburg are working to establish a sales tax to fund certain departments.

But it won't cost residents any more money.

They are taking an existing sales tax and trying to reallocate where that money goes.

For the past three years, Harrisburg has had a one-cent sales tax.

It has funded the construction of a water well and wastewater plant upgrades.

But it sunsets at the end of this year.

So Mayor Randy Mills is trying to extend the tax and use that money for the police and fire departments that really need it.

“This money will be used to fund the salaries, it'll also be used for the local police and fire retirement fund,” Mills said. “It will upgrade our fleet and our vehicles, quite honestly we don’t have the money, in general, to do that right now so that’s what this money will be used for.”

The city has submitted the ordinance, and now the election commission will get the ballots ready.

Mayor Mills said they'll have a special election on August 14 for citizens to vote on the sales tax.

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