Arkansas: Higher Taxes Sought for Transportation
- Dec 24, 2015 | Gail Cole
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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