THE ISSUE: The Go Forward Pine Bluff sales tax initiativeTHE IMPACT: The five-eighths cent sales tax is designed to help boost the city’s struggling economy and revive down town, among other goals. Proponents say the plan will help create jobs and put Pine Bluff back on the right track economically. Opponents claim the plan doesn’t include enough to help the city’s poor
Supporters of the Go Forward Pine Bluff plan celebrated late into the night Tuesday after voters approved a five-eighths cent sales tax to fund the initiative. Opponents of the tax expressed disappointment, but vowed to continue pressing the city and the Go Forward Pine Bluff non-profit corporation to spend the money to benefit all residents.
The Go Forward Pine Bluff campaign issued a statement Wednesday thanking people who voted in favor of the tax and for the campaign’s volunteers. It called the Go Forward plan “a blueprint for how Pine Bluff will become a better city to live, work, and raise a family,” and called on citizens to unite behind the plan.
“Whether you supported or opposed the GFPB Plan, now is the time to come together and support Mayor Washington’s theme of ‘One Pine Bluff, Stronger Together,’” the statement read. “We pledge to work the plan, partner with the city and its elected officials, and be accountable with the resources via quarterly reports in the Pine Bluff Commercial. We look forward to the dynamic impact GFPB will cause.”
The Go Forward Pine Bluff task force estimates the tax will cost each household a little more…
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