August 5, 2015
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Harrison tax to fund raises, equipment

     Results of last week's election in which Harrison voters approved a half-percent sales and use tax will be certified Monday. Officials say the sales tax, which is expected to produce about $2 million a year, will be split evenly between the city fire and police departments with the funds to be used for raises, new equipment and facilities. The sales tax was approved by a vote of 699 in favor and 629 against it.
     The ballot title for the issue, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, indicated that 30 percent of the funds from the tax would be used for buildings and equipment in each department.
     Harrison Police Chief Paul Woodruff says initially he hopes to use the funds for raises for police officers and dispatchers. Woodruff says his department struggles to retain officers after they've been trained due to the city's low beginning pay rate.
     Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett says the city has a 0.5 percent sales tax to fund infrastructure improvements, and 0.25 sales tax for the city's general fund. He says both of those taxes are to expire in 2018.     

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