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North Little Rock crowd warms to tax-bump plan

posted: 07/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Mayor Joe Smith met with a group of senior citizens center members at midday Thursday who generally responded positively to his reasons for proposing a higher city sales tax in North Little Rock.

NLR mayor to hold forum today on city sales-tax vote

posted: 07/20/2017 3:16 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith will take his pitch for a new city sales tax to the Patrick Hays Senior Citizens Center at noon today, the fourth of five town-hall-style meetings he has scheduled to promote the special election Aug. 8.

NLR mayor urges voters to avoid distractions on sales tax proposal

posted: 07/16/2017 3:55 a.m. Comment 1

Entering the final stretch of a tax election campaign, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith said he's tried his best to stay on message during 37 speeches he's given so far to neighborhood associations, business leaders, civic groups and at public meetings.

NLR stretched thin, mayor says

posted: 07/14/2017 2:28 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock does as much as it can with the money it has, Mayor Joe Smith told a small group of Ward 3 residents Thursday evening, but it needs a tax increase to make repairs and upgrades to city fire stations, the Police Department and streets and drainage systems.

North Little Rock mayor set to continue pitch for sales-tax rise

posted: 07/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Mayor Joe Smith will make a presentation on the upcoming sales-tax election in North Little Rock during a town-hall meeting tonight.

NLR commission rejects sand storage

posted: 07/12/2017 3:28 a.m. Discuss

After hearing from a roomful of people in opposition, the North Little Rock Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended denial of a special-use proposal that would have placed a sand storage facility next to the Cypress Crossing subdivision on the city's east side.

Our Town: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 07/09/2017 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Concert to support playground at park

State law jettisons 'aldermen' in favor of 'council members'

posted: 07/02/2017 3:10 a.m. Comment 1

Municipalities across Arkansas will say goodbye to their city aldermen in August and say hello to council members.

North Little Rock mayor appoints veteran of Fire Department new chief

posted: 07/01/2017 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Gerald Tucker, a 27-year veteran of the North Little Rock Fire Department, will become the department's new fire chief effective July 15, Mayor Joe Smith said Friday.

North Little Rock mayor talks up added 1% tax, gets crowd input

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith told about 30 residents from the city's east side Thursday evening that a proposed 1 percentage-point city sales tax increase would satisfy the city's financial needs "well into the future."

Drain pipe work gets NLR's OK to proceed

posted: 06/27/2017 2:45 a.m. Comment 1

Missing Mayor Joe Smith and three aldermen Monday evening, the North Little Rock City Council took the unusual action to move forward with an emergency drainage repair project without having enough votes to formally approve its funding.

Council faces levy decision in Sherwood; option studied for funding street, drainage upgrades

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Sherwood City Council members are faced with at least two different proposals for a city sales-tax increase to support bonds to pay for street and drainage improvements.

Mayor talks up tax rise in North Little Rock

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Mayor Joe Smith told about 50 people at a town-hall-style meeting Wednesday evening that North Little Rock cannot be a progressive city without finding new revenue to help pay for the services it provides and to improve city streets and the police and fire departments.

Our Town: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 06/18/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Playground to stay after sinkhole fix

Our Town: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 06/16/2017 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Bid to gain FEMA's $600,000 advances






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