Not the laws needed
One of the editorials in last Sunday’s paper exhorted Arkansas legislators to pass legislation for an Internet sales tax to help Arkansas cities. Another editorial mentioned inhabitants of North Little Rock to Sherwood to Gravel Ridge. Which city did these inhabitants belong to?
At the present time I am against an Internet sales tax because Arkansas cities are a hodgepodge. I reside in Gravel Ridge, which was annexed by Sherwood. But I have a Jacksonville address because my mail is delivered from the Jacksonville post office. If an Internet sales tax is passed, I would pay a 2 percent Jacksonville city tax instead of a 1 percent Sherwood city tax. And Jacksonville would get the tax from my purchase instead of Sherwood.
I have contacted legislators and city officials concerning this matter and no one seems to have a solution. Before passing an Internet sales tax, legislators need to pass legislation to provide a uniform sales tax for the state of Arkansas, with dedicated amounts going to cities and counties. This works in many other states. If Arkansas had a uniform sales tax, Mayor Smith wouldn’t have the option of holding a special election to increase the city’s sales tax. CLAIRE LEHENY Jacksonville