Countywide one cent sales tax proposal to be on November ballot

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Poinsett County Quorum Court voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to place a proposed one-cent sales and use tax on the November ballot for the voters of Poinsett County to vote on. The new tax will be allocated for use to run the county detention center and sheriff's office.

The ordinance placing the sales tax proposal on the ballot was the main item on the agenda, and after it's passage Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder spoke briefly. "I have a power point presentation set up explaining about the need for the tax. I'm going to set up a town hall meeting in each of the cities and show the presentation to show them the need for this tax. I'll also be happy to meet with any other groups who have interest," Molder said.

In other news, Appropriations and Transfers Ordinance 2018-07 with transfers in the amount of $1,373.36 was passed as was Appropriations and Transfers Ordinance 2018-08 with appropriations of $26,078.77 and transfers of $1,200, totaling $27,278.77.

Before the meeting was adjourned, County Judge Bob Cantrell was asked about the grant for a new civic center at the fairgrounds. He told the court that Harrisburg Mayor Randy Mills was going to seek financing of the center.

Cantrell was also asked about the new roof for the Trumann Health Department. Cantrell said a Lowe's Grant in the amount of $12,000 was applied for, and he should know in August if it was granted.

Poinsett County Treasurer Tammie Stanford told the court that Three Trees Cowboy Church in Wynne is going to open a Cowboy Church in Harrisburg. She also informed the court that they will work on the arena at the fairgrounds in hopes of having a rodeo at next year's fair. She did say they would have some events for the kids at the fair this year.

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