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Arkansas Sales Tax Increase Amendment, Issue 1 (2012)
|Sales Tax Amendment|
|Referred by:||Arkansas State Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
Text of measure
The ballot language that voters will see reads:
- FOR a proposed constitutional amendment to levy a temporary sales and use 18 tax of one-half percent (0.5%) for state highways and bridges, county roads, 19 bridges and other surface transportation, and city streets, bridges and other 20 surface transportation, with the state's portion to secure State of Arkansas 21 General Obligation Four-Lane Highway Construction and Improvement Bonds in 22 the total principal amount not to exceed $1,300,000,000 for the purpose of 23 constructing and improving four-lane highways in the State of Arkansas, 24 prescribing the terms and conditions for the issuance of such bonds which 25 will mature and be paid in full in approximately ten (10) years, which 26 payment in full shall terminate the temporary sales and use tax, describing 27 the sources of repayment of the bonds and permanently dedicating one cent 28 (1¢) per gallon of the proceeds derived from the existing motor fuel and 29 distillate fuel taxes to the State Aid Street Fund.
- AGAINST a proposed constitutional amendment to levy a temporary sales and 32 use tax of one-half percent (0.5%) for state highways and bridges, county 33 roads, bridges and other surface transportation, and city streets, bridges 34 and other surface transportation, with the state's portion to secure State of 35 Arkansas General Obligation Four-Lane Highway Construction and Improvement Bonds in the total principal amount not to exceed $1,300,000,000 for the 1 purpose of constructing and improving four-lane highways in the State of 2 Arkansas, prescribing the terms and conditions for the issuance of such bonds 3 which will mature and be paid in full in approximately ten (10) years, which 4 payment in full shall terminate the temporary sales and use tax, describing 5 the sources of repayment of the bonds and permanently dedicating one cent 6 (1¢) per gallon of the proceeds derived from the existing motor fuel and 7 distillate fuel taxes to the State Aid Street Fund.
The following is information obtained from the opposing side of the measure:
- While not specifically giving his opposition to the measure, Carroll County Judge Sam Barr stated that the measure is unlikely to pass. Barr commented: "It has no chance of passing. People are strapped. They can't pay their bills. I don't know how the state is going to improve its roads without it. All of our roads are in need of repair but the money is not there. In my mind, there are two ways: try to find the money or try to get along. I am here for whatever the people want."
- See also: Polls, 2012 ballot measures
- A poll was taken on March 26, 2012 asking voters if they would vote for or against the measure if the election was that day. The results of the poll are found below.
|Date of Poll||Pollster||In favor||Opposed||Undecided||Number polled|
|Mar. 26, 2012||Talk Business-Hendrix College||41.5%||50.5%||8%||759|
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Arkansas Constitution
A majority vote is required in both chambers of the Arkansas State Legislature to refer a measure to the ballot, according to Section 22, Article 19 of the Arkansas Constitution. The Arkansas Legislature can only refer up to three legislative referrals to the ballot each election year.
House of Representatives
The proposed sales tax increase measure was first filed with the Arkansas House of Representatives on February 2, 2011 and read for the first time in the chamber the next day. On March 21, 2011, the measure passed a House committee, after the it was amended four times, and was then sent to the House for full consideration. It was then approved by the chamber with a tally of 62 to 25, sending the measure to the Arkansas State Senate for consideration. You can read which state representative voted for and against the resolution here.
Since the State House approved the amendment, the measure then had to be approved by the Arkansas State Senate in order to be placed on the ballot. After the bill was sent to the Senate on March 24, 2011, it was read for the first time that day.
The Senate then approved the measure one week later on March 31, 2011 with a vote of 22-10, effectively placing it on the ballot. Here is a list of the senate votes. The measure will appear on the November 2012 ballot.
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- Bloomberg, "Ark. Speaker says voters should decide roads' fate", February 25, 2011
- Arkansas Legislature, "HJR1001", Retrieved May 4, 2011
- Carroll County News, "Sales tax would go to roads", January 24, 2012
- The City Wire, "Results differ for Arkansas ballot issues", April 2, 2012
- Business Week, "Ark House committee advances proposed amendments", March 22, 2011
- WXVT.com, "House passes amendment for sales tax for highways", March 24, 2011
- Business Week, "Ark. Senate votes to send road sales tax to voters", March 31, 2011