By Michele Fuetsch, Staff Reporter
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A proposed constitutional amendment on Arkansas’s ballot this November would add a half-cent to the state’s 6-cent sales tax to raise money for transportation.
Seventy percent of the revenue generated by the half-cent increase would pay for new four-lane highways around the state. The remainder would go to counties and cities to spend on roads.
The half-cent levy would expire after 10 years.
Although the state’s sales tax is 6 cents, cities and counties often have sales taxes of their own, which are as high as 3.5 cents in some areas.
If the half-cent ballot measure is approved, it would be the first time the state has used sales tax revenue for roads, said Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association.