Team Jonesboro Sales Tax Proposal

Team Jonesboro is a grassroots organization who sent a proposal to the City Council calling for a special election for voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax.

The 12 year tax would generate revenue to go toward two categories.  Half of the funds would go to support the city's first responders--police and fire departments.  The other half would go toward funding new public improvement projects (quality of life).  These are the stories that go into the details of the tax and what supporters and opponents have said.

The special election for the sales tax takes place on September 10.

---POLLING LOCATIONS FOR SEP 10---

Election Day 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • ASU FIRST NATIONAL BANK ARENA (LOWER RED ENTRANCE), 217 OLYMPIC DR.
  • ALLEN PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 3609 RACE ST.
  • EARL BELL COMMUNITY CENTER, 1212 S. CHURCH ST.
  • FOREST HOME CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE, 2403 RITTER DRIVE
  • NETTLETON BAPTIST CHURCH (FORMERLY NAMED CRAIGHEAD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS), 7001 JOHNSON AVE.
  • PARKER PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 1522 N. CHURCH ST.
  • PHILADELPHIA FIRE STATION, 106 CR 307
  • VALLEY VIEW CHURCH OF CHRIST, 4500 SOUTHWEST DR.
  • WALNUT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, 1910 SCENIC RD.

All Election Day locations are polling centers. Voters can select any location to cast their ballot regardless of the location of their residence.
 

---EARLY VOTING TOTALS---

As of 9/6  (Courtesy of Craighead Co. Clerk Kade Holliday's Office)

Jonesboro - 1,262
Lake City - 3
Total - 1,265

Total Jonesboro - 4,861
Total Lake City - 19
Overall Total - 4,880

Update with new totals Monday, polls will be open from 8am-5pm at the Jonesboro Election Annex and Lake City Courthouse.

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211 votes are all that separated those who wanted a one-percent sales tax increase in Jonesboro and those who did not.  The sales tax proposal, pushed by Team Jonesboro, would have been split in half.  One half of the one percent would have gone toward police and fire department future funding, and other half would have gone toward projects deemed “quality of life” needs; those include bike and pedestrian trails, museums, an amphitheater for outdoor events, an aquatic park, and more.  The proposal failed 5,016 to 4.805 votes. 

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Team Jonesboro

Members of Team Jonesboro have been visiting various organizations and conducting town hall meeting to promote passage of a 1% sales tax.

Residients in Jonesboro begain early voting yesterday (Tuesday, September 9) in a special election on the proposal created by Team Jonesboro.  The proposal establishes a 1% sales tax increase that will sunset after 12 years.

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A list of proposed projects has been presented to the public by representatives of Team Jonesboro.  Several community members gave the public ideas on what could be presented to the Oversight Integrity Council as part of a sales tax proposal.  Between 92 and 115-million-dollars-worth of “quality of life” projects were presented.  Public safety improvements for the Jonesboro Police Department and the Jonesboro Fire Department are estimated between 87 and 99-million-dollars.  Here is a list of the ideas for possible quality of life projects:

City of Jonesboro

The first day Team Jonesboro's ordinances were introduced in the Finance Committee of the Jonesboro City Council, the proposals received both tremendous support and opposition.

One of the voices of  opposition was a colleague of the committee, Alderman Bobby Long.  Long voiced his concerns of the ordinances to establish an oversight committee to look over and prioritize spending for new projects to improve Jonesboro's quality of life, and to call a special election for voters to decide if they want to pass a 1% sales tax.

The Jonesboro City Council held its first reading of an ordinance approving a ballot question on a sales tax issue Tuesday night.  The question asks for a one percent sales tax tacked on to the existing tax.  Half would be reserved for public safety, while the other half would go towards quality of life projects, such as trails, parks and bike paths.  The proposal has received a mixed reaction, with some residents saying the funding is needed to improve living conditions and others arguing that it's too much of a burden on low-income residents.  A similar measure failed at the ballot in 2015.

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Team Jonesboro

Team Jonesboro has been all over the news lately.

The group has been working for two years to develop a plan to make a city a better place.  Their plan was officially unveiled at a Jonesboro city council meeting; calling for two ordinances.

The first ordinance creates a 1% sales tax that will sunset after 12 years.  The expected $216 million revenue from the sales tax goes to support two areas.  The first area is for the city's first responders--specifically the police and fire departments.