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Sales Tax Controversy Shaping Up in Jonesboro

The Jonesboro City Council held its first reading of an ordinance approving a ballot question on a sales tax issue Tuesday night.  The question asks for a one percent sales tax tacked on to the existing tax.  Half would be reserved for public safety, while the other half would go towards quality of life projects, such as trails, parks and bike paths.  The proposal has received a mixed reaction, with some residents saying the funding is needed to improve living conditions and others arguing that it's too much of a burden on low-income residents.  A similar measure failed at the ballot in 2015.

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Ann Kenda joined Arkansas Public Media in January 2017 from Sudbury, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and previously worked in public radio, commercial radio and newspaper in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She focuses on health, justice, education and energy as part of the Arkansas Public Media team. Her stories can be found on the airwaves, ArkansasPublicMedia.org and social media.