Paving our way . . .
On the front page of this issue of the Courier is an article about Issue 1 concerning the half-cent sales tax for roads. I acknowledge that it’s a soft sell to say it’s not a new tax on the people. It’s technically not, it is a continuation, but it is money coming out of Arkansans’ pockets. I also acknowledge that the roads in our city and county are in dire need of repair and maintenance. Frankly, we need the money.
I talked with the Executive Director of Arkansas Good Roads Foundation, Joe Quinn in order to learn of the money at stake for Corning and Clay County and also to explain our rural situation. So much is said and done for larger cities and metropolitan areas that we, rural residents, have to stand up and fight to be heard. I made clear my concerns about rural areas particularly concerning funding for important issues like roads and high-speed internet. Funding largely depends on population and for that rural areas are penalized.
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