Not the laws needed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.