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LR sales tax increase passes

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published September 13, 2011 at 7:56 p.m. Updated September 13, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.


Patricia Goodson votes Tuesday morning at Fire Station No. 10 with her dog, Cricket, at her side.

Voting begins in sales tax election

Polls opened at 7:30 a.m. across Little Rock in a special election to determine whether there will b...

— Voters have approved measures to increase Little Rock's sales tax by 1 percent, according to unofficial results tallied Tuesday night.

The Pulaski County Election Commission reported voters approved two ballot measures by about a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.

More than 22,000 ballots - representing just under 20 percent of registered voters - were cast in the special election.

Voters were asked to approve or reject a permanent five-eighths percent tax that would fund city operations and a decade-long three-eights percent tax that would cover construction projects.

Each of the two measures passed by similar margins: the larger one with 12,033 voting for the tax and 10,257 against it. The three-eighths tax passed 12,007 to 10,277.

If the unofficial results are certified, the tax hike would go into effect in 3 months.

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RBBrittain says... September 13, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.

Any indication as to percentages by precinct among those who early-voted? I know the current voting system keeps track of that, but the PCEC website doesn't show it; they don't even say the 2,713 is all from early voting, as you did. A breakdown by precinct might indicate support from different parts of town (are they from all over the city or just one part?), as well as how many early voters in each precinct (the fewer there are, the more likely the early votes will NOT reflect that precinct overall).

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HogJockey says... September 13, 2011 at 10:09 p.m.

Congratulations Mayor Stodala! You and your cronies have successfully manipulated your special interest groups into passing a 200% increase of the sales tax. Now we can look forward to paying more for everything from groceries to utilities in this tough economy. Meanwhile maybe you can get around to paying for the luxuries of fire and police protection that should have been a priority before. Now we can spend more money on the real estate folks interests. Good call having this election in September, you know it would never pass in a general election. Spend free now. You've got an extra $50 million a year to blow! Plus, you'll never have to make a tough decision that would confuse anyone into thinking you're a leader.

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turfclan says... September 13, 2011 at 10:25 p.m.

This is not about the mayor. It was about how Little Rock is a great city that needed improvements to its roads, parks and fire and police force. That is why the citizens voted for both issues. Little Rock still has one of the lowest tax rates in the state.

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FarmBoy says... September 13, 2011 at 10:44 p.m.

This makes it easy to go over the river and shop in NLR. Let them waste the extra money but as for me I will go elswhere to shop. I hated the way they came up with all the stuff about the zoo and other things to make the people go their way.

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HarleyBUD says... September 13, 2011 at 10:52 p.m.

good job LR now we need to get NLR and especially Hot Springs to do the same.
We all need to understand that we all need to work to cut taxes at the federal level and raise them at the local level and do more for ourselves...the federal government has no idea what we need in our state or cities. Even the Congress men we elected are so ignorant they cant even understand what the real issues are here in our homes. They all are rich and now live in DC.

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MYBUDDYTMIL says... September 13, 2011 at 11:06 p.m.

I live in another county. No increase in tax for me. Hahhaaaa The people of little Rock are idiots. I hope you enjoy giving more of your money to these suckers. I hope you know that the tax will be on your cable bill, telephone bill, gas bill, water bill, cell phone bill, grocery bill, anything you buy bill, etc etc etc. If you buy a new car in little rock for 30000, just this tax will be $300 dollars extra, bringing your total tax to $2550. I will not buy a large ticket purchase ever in Little Rock again.

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insultech112241630 says... September 13, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.

Hey my Bud,
They are not idiots, they are the smart ones.those that don't have will always vote for the increase. May as well cause u are paying for it.heck we have over 40% of the people in this country that don't pay. I'd like to see what Little Rock is?

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insultech112241630 says... September 13, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

Oh, and it seems apathy is the order of the day! 20%?

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Scharmel says... September 13, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.

A friend lives on County Farm Rd. He says he does not live in city limits but was able to vote today at regular polling place at nearby church.

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Moonglowalso says... September 13, 2011 at 11:24 p.m.

Farm Boy - You're going to spend more on gas to shop in NLR than to spend that extra penny in Little Rock.

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