Washington County officials seek sales tax increase for radio system

Sales tax proposal to appear on March 3 primary election ballot

By Tom Sissom
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

FAYETTEVILLE -- Washington County's justices of the peace on Thursday agreed to ask voters to approve a quarter-percent sales tax increase for a new $8.5 million emergency communications system.

The Quorum Court approved placing the sales tax proposal on the ballot for the March 3 primary election. Officials have estimated a quarter-percent sales tax will raise about $10 million in a year's time. The proposal includes a "sunset" clause providing the tax would be collected until the money needed for the project is collected and then discontinued.

The county has had a committee of emergency responders studying how best to replace the 15-year-old system in use. John Luther, emergency services director, said the equipment should be replaced before the system suffers a catastrophic failure. READ MORE.

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