(AP) – Voters in Newton County will consider a sales tax increase
to help fund salaries for sheriff’s deputies, which are among the lowest in the
A special election is planned for Feb. 14 asking voters to approve a 1 percent
sales and use tax to fund public safety. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports
that revenue from the proposed tax would pay for operations at the county jail
and the sheriff’s office, including pay raises.
Officials say the starting salary now for a full-time deputy is about $21,260
In 2008, Newton County voters approved a tax increase to build a jail, but
voters twice rejected another tax to fund its operations. Officials say the
county accepts inmates from other parts of the state to fund jail operations.
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