Does Little Rock need a half-billion in new taxes? | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 22, 2011

Does Little Rock need a half-billion in new taxes?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 6:37 AM

The Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that the city of Little Rock has better police and fire staffing than several similar cities in the region — Tulsa and Austin, for example — despite having a lower city sales tax rate — a half-cent. City leaders want to raise that tax by 200 percent to produce $500 million over the next 10 years.

It's an interesting finding that we are better staffed than some on a lower tax. But it's not a complete picture. Can't tell from the article how much support those cities might receive, if anything, from a countywide sales tax, a major source of Little Rock money in addition to the half-cent city tax. Per capita spending on police and fire would be an interesting measurement.

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