ArDOT to host 12 meetings on proposal to extend half-cent sales tax for highway projects

ArDOT to receive projects feedback

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The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) will host 12 public meetings across the state through April on the extension of a half-cent sales tax for highway projects. ArDOT also will receive feedback on which projects to be funded by the money generated from the tax.

The first of the 12 meetings will take place Jan. 21 in Monticello. Some of the others will be in Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Maumelle and Springdale. Attendees will have an opportunity to view displays and speak to ArDOT staff, including director Scott Bennett. The open house meetings will be followed by a brief formal presentation on the condition of the state highway system and how extending the sales tax would impact system preservation and work on new projects.

The existing tax generates nearly $300 million annually — $205 million for ArDOT, $43 million for cities and $43 million for counties. About the same amount would be generated if the tax extension is approved. Voters in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election will decide whether to extend the tax. READ MORE.

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