Arkansas Voters to determine Issue 1′s (sales tax extension for infrastructure) fate next year

Next year Arkansans will choose whether to extend a 0.5% sales tax that is dedicated to 4-lane highways, county roads and city streets.

The existing tax, approved by voters as a constitutional amendment in 2012, will expire when $1.3 billion bonds for the Connecting Arkansas program are paid off – expected to be in 2023.

Issue 1, which will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, would create a constitutional amendment setting the dedicated sales tax.

Proponents of Issue 1, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Sen. Bill Sample, say the funds will help maintain the state’s highway system and local roads.