Mountain Home pushes tax to equip police, fire

  • Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette & Arkansas Online
  • Published: 07/16/2017 07:24 AM

Mountain Home city leaders have decided to ask voters to approve a three eighths percent sales tax to help offset rising costs for maintaining police and fire department vehicles and equipment. The Baxter County city of 12,448 will hold a special election on Sept. 12 for the tax. The city already collects a 1 percent citywide sales tax to fund street and sewer maintenance. If favored, the tax will generate an estimated $1.7 million annually, said Mountain Home Mayor Joe Dillard. The tax would be collected permanently and would only be used to repair and upgrade equipment for police and firefighters, and to hire a full-time code enforcement officer and animal control officer.


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