Several folks have written & called me to ask if the tax that the Searcy Council plans to pass tomorrow night will go before the voters.
Yes, according to state law, the tax must be approved by the people.
The mayor & another official have told me that the most likely date for the election will be December 13th.
I assume the confusion stems from the A&P debacle last year when the city refused to let the people vote despite being required to do so after being petitioned. However, the A&P tax is only sales tax in the state of Arkansas that can be passed without the direct approval of the voters.
As a side note: Our state senator from Searcy, Senator Jonathan Dismang, co-sponsored a bill last session that would have required a vote of the people before an A&P tax could be imposed.
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