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Lincoln County Residents Voting on Sales Tax and Bond Issue for Jail

by Kristin Higgins - April 12, 2018

Front of fact sheet on Lincoln County's 2018 sales tax and bond issue election

Lincoln County voters go to the polls May 22 to decide whether they will support increasing their sales tax rate and a bond issue to pay for a new county jail. 

The Lincoln County Quorum Court placed the issue on the May ballot, asking voters to help pay for building and operating a new county jail outside of Star City.

Voters will decide the fate of these two issues:

  • 0.375 % Sales and Use Tax
  • 0.625 % Sales and Use Tax and issue up to $6.6 million in bonds

The ballot measures come after years of discussing problems at the jail, including a lack of sufficient space to house people arrested in the southeast Arkansas county. 

Voters wanting to know more about the proposal can download this fact sheet prepared by the Public Policy Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Public Policy Center works with county Cooperative Extension Service offices to prepare neutral fact sheets on local election issues. 

The fact sheet discusses how long the sales taxes would last, what would be built with the funds and how the county's sales tax rates compares to surrounding areas.

Conflict of interest: This fact sheet was prepared to provide the citizens of Lincoln County with information to help them in making an informed choice on Election Day. An effort has been made to ensure the information is presented in a fair and balanced way that best represents the facts associated with this ballot issue. As part of this effort, we are obligated to divulge potential conflict of interest and to recognize their influence on the educational programs and matter we produce. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service are partially funded by state and county general funds. As such, any laws affecting revenues of the state or county has the potential to affect the Lincoln County Extension Office.