Arkansas Department of Transportation plans '20 meetings to focus on benefits of 0.5% sales tax
4 counties say their share for new equipment not in cards
By Noel Oman
The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold a dozen town hall-style meetings around the state early next year to tell potential voters what roads and bridges they will improve if voters approve extending the 0.5% sales tax in November 2020.
The department will also allow time for an "open-mic night" format in which people can provide comments or ask questions of state transportation officials about what projects the money raised -- an estimated $205 million annually -- would be spent.
Meanwhile, members of what will be the legislative question committee are meeting with potential political consultants to prepare a campaign to promote passage of the proposal, according to Shannon Newton, executive director of the Arkansas Trucking Association. The committee won't become a formal entity until it begins raising money, she said.
"At this point it is still a working group," Newton said in an interview last week. " There is no official paperwork, titles or names. I am participating in that effort, yes." READ MORE.