Con­way vot­ers OK sales tax for streets

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - DE­BRA HALE-SHEL­TON

CON­WAY – Res­i­dents on Tues­day ap­proved a 0.375 per­cent­age-point sales-tax in­crease aimed at fi­nanc­ing street re­pairs in Con­way.

The in­crease will raise the to­tal sales tax rate within the Faulkner County city to 9.125 per­cent and is ex­pected to gen­er­ate an ad­di­tional $5.1 mil­lion an­nu­ally. It will ex­pire March 31, 2023. The only way it can be ex­tended would be if vot­ers ap­prove an ex­ten­sion.

Mayor Bart Castle­berry has said that the rev­enue will go for work on ar­te­rial and col­lec­tor streets and that none of the money will be used to build new streets. The $1.4 mil­lion the city gets an­nu­ally in state turn­back funds will fi­nance re­pairs on neigh­bor­hood streets, he said.

With all precincts re­port­ing, un­of­fi­cial vote to­tals, ac­cord­ing to the Faulkner County Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, were: For . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,094 Against . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,484

In a pre­pared state­ment shortly af­ter the votes were counted, Castle­berry said, “Whether you’re a fam­ily look­ing for a new place to call home or a small busi­ness owner look­ing for op­por­tu­nity, tonight’s [Tues­day’s] re­sults leave us bet­ter pre­pared to keep our prom­ise to be the best city in cen­tral Arkansas.”

Castle­berry said he wanted to thank all of the vot­ers, those who voted for the mea­sure and those who op­posed it, for they were ex­er­cis­ing “one of our great free­doms.”

The city has ob­tained a soft­ware pro­gram that rates streets most in need of re­pairs. As a re­sult, Castle­berry has said, street se­lec­tion won’t be “done po­lit­i­cally.”

Lists of streets rec­om­mended for re­pairs and im­prove­ments are avail­able on the city’s web­site, city­of­con­way.org.

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