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Arkansas: Higher Taxes Sought for Transportation


 What could happen to the local sales tax rate in Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Officials in Pulaski County, Arkansas, have called for a special election so that voters can weigh in on a countywide sales and use tax increase. The proposed tax would be levied at a rate of 0.25% and bring in an additional $18.2 million for public mass transportation systems and facilities.

The vote will occur on March 1, 2016, the same day as the Arkansas presidential primary. If approved, the additional revenue would enable the expansion of bus routes throughout the county. It would also add free Wi-Fi to buses and bus shelters (Arkansas online).

Proponents of the increase speak of improved transportation for people without cars, enabling them to access better jobs and schools. Opponents have raised two issues: opposition to high tax rates and timing. Many would like the vote to occur during a general election, when turnout is expected to be higher, rather than in March.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.