The Arkansas Highway Commission has scheduled a series of regional public meetings on a funding option in the first quarter of the year, including one in North Central Arkansas. The local meeting will be held Jan. 28 at 5:30 at Goblin Arena and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Harrison High School.
According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the meeting’s purpose is to educate and inform the public while soliciting input on proposed projects that could be funded by a continuation of the temporary half-cent sales tax. Early last year, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his highway funding legislative package resulting in Act 416 and a proposed constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 1018. Act 416 provides revenue from motor fuel taxes, electric and hybrid registration fees and casinos resulting in an estimated $95 million in new funding for ArDOT. If voters approve the amendment, it will provide an estimated $205 million annually to ArDOT and an estimated $43 million to each city and county.
The meeting will have an open house session for attendees to view displays and visit with ArDOT staff. A brief formal presentation will follow on the current funding and the condition of the Arkansas Highway System and the impact continuation of the sales tax would have in funding system preservation and new capital projects moving forward.