MH voters approve public safety sales tax – Arkansas News

MH voters approve public safety sales tax – Arkansas News

SCOTT LILES, sliles@baxterbulletin.com
Published 8:59 p.m. CT Sept. 13, 2017

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Travis Dover, president of the Mountain Home Professional Firefighters’ Association, talks about the results from the sales tax election.
Scott Liles

Mountain Home voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a 0.375 percent sales and use tax to help fund the city’s police and fire departments.

Unofficial results show that the public safety tax carried 81 percent of the votes, being approved 1,167-271 by Mountain Home residents.

“We did better than we expected,” said Travis Dover, president of the Mountain Home Professional Firefighters’ Association. “We were anticipating 76 percent voting in favor, and it ended up being over 80 percent. We were very surprised.”

Mountain Home’s public safety tax will go into effect this fall. It is estimated to generate $1.7 million a year for the police and fire departments, which have 2017 budgets of $2.7 million and $2.2 million, respectively. While not completely funding the departments outright, the extra revenue would ease the burden the departments place on the city’s annual budget.

“The people deserve to have the best safety departments possible,” Dover said. “We are happy to receive the support from the…

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