Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Scott E. Bennett, P.E. conducted a Public Hearing in Mena February 11th. The event at the UARM Ouachita Center drew a crowd of several dozen people, including Mena Mayor Seth Smith, Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison, State Representative John Maddox, members of the Mena City Council and Polk County Quorum Court, as well as three of the five Arkansas State Highway Commission Commissioners and other out-of-town elected officials.
The purpose of the hearing, the fifth of twelve to be held in the state, was to inform the public about Issue 1, an amendment to the the Arkansas Constitution continuing a one-half percent (0.5%) sales and use tax for state highways and bridges; county roads, bridges and other surface transportation; and city streets, bridges, and other surface transportation after the retirement of the bonds authorized in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 91, which will be on the November 3rd ballot.
If passed, a major part of ARDOT's funding, a one-half percent (0.5%) sales tax would continue. If Issue 1 fails, the tax would cease, resulting in a major cut in highway projects and turnback money to cities and counties for local projects.
For additional information about Issue 1, or HJR1018, click here. To see the actual resolution, click here.
2-12-20 1:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG