- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Voters in Jonesboro have passed a measure in a special election to reallocate revenue from a citywide sales tax.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Ae5ato ) the measure’s passage Tuesday authorizes Jonesboro officials to use the revenue for salaries and operational expenses.

A temporary half-percent city tax expires in December and generates millions of dollars a year for the northeast Arkansas city. The reallocation will help cushion the expected loss in funds.

The tax had been first approved by voters in 2000. Tax revenue has been used to help support construction in Jonesboro, including a new city hall, several fire stations and a police station.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says without the reallocation, the city would’ve faced potential layoffs in several departments.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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