- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A task force set up to recommend improvements in Pine Bluff has come up with 27 ideas carrying a $50 million price tag.

The Go Forward Task Force is recommending a five-eighths-cent city sales tax to generate $32.5 million over the next seven years. Grants and donations would make up the difference.

The panel presented the plan Wednesday night as the “Go Forward Pine Bluff” report, according to the Pine Bluff Commercial (https://bit.ly/2iQFJLr ).

Plans include a downtown square, “street-scaping” and the development of a historic district. The proposals also include eliminating residential blight and the introduction of affordable housing and special loan programs.

The plan also calls for forming an alliance among the three school districts in Pine Bluff that could include joint-teaching programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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