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Gore Springs, MS

#22 Jun 28, 2013
Lawarance County wrote:
The HAMBURGER TAX a killer! 2% that will change to 1/2 cent.
hasn't happen yet and it will change to 1 cent plus 1/2 from the state tax. so you will be paying 1 1/2 cent on everything saving only that 1/2 cent on food in Pocahontas. where did the city spend that 300 thousand a year from the HB tax all these years?
its just our money

Mountain Home, AR

#23 Jun 28, 2013
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hasn't happen yet and it will change to 1 cent plus 1/2 from the state tax. so you will be paying 1 1/2 cent on everything saving only that 1/2 cent on food in Pocahontas. where did the city spend that 300 thousand a year from the HB tax all these years?
pretty sure it went to parks and rec with maybe a 25k bone thrown to adv and promo.

parks and rec just got their income doubled from 1/4 million/yr burger tax to 1/2 million/yr general tax, forever, along with the 7.5 mil covered and heated winter pools for some kiddos.

city council does have to have priorities after all!!!
"progress" without manufacturing jobs while folks take a 1.2 million dollar hit for 12 years and 1/2 million/yr forever.

pretty slick move by the council to grab all that money with a special election. way overpriced and huge unneeded enclosed pool project. bills for upkeep, heat, and keeping it open will eat the parks and rec budget. not a wise use of our tax dollars. poor leadership.

look for a smaller hamburgler tax to return soon by ordinance for a and p only.

question is, what is the economic development budget and why don't we get someone in here to recruit some jobs instead of blowing millions on the wants and leisure of some swimmers.

covering, and heating an olympic size pool year round for a small number of folks just sucked a ton of tax $$ away from more important things like economic development.

growth, expansion, and upkeep in the rest of parks and rec will also suffer.
a few mini parks in west, south, and east parts of town would be nice for those neighborhoods vs the overkill on size, roof, and $150/square ft open pavilion prices at the waterpark. if we're going to blow money - some small kiddie playgrounds, picnic tables, and basketball goals, etc on some vacant lots within walking distance would be good for those that can't easily get uptown or to the river park or afford the pool admission prices.
Will work for food

Mountain Home, AR

#24 Jul 9, 2013
You kind of need an ample amount of jobs in a town to be able to keep resturants open in a town. Most the people in this town work outside this area. If you work in Jonesbro, Corning, or Paragould exactally how are you gonna take your lunch break at a resturant here? Your not, you can't. You take it at the resturants in the town you work. If we want better resturants or our current resturants to generate more sales; then there needs to be a huge increase in jobs in this town. its just common sence really the more people we have working and generating $$$ in this town = more $$$ being spent in this town. But alas the towns officals have yet to understand this equation...... so we are stuck with no good place to eat and places that open then close soon after due to lack of profit.

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