Half-cent sewer improvement tax adopted

Voters in Crossett adopted the half-cent sales tax to fund the East Crossett Sewer Project with 72 percent of ballots cast in favor of the measure. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)

The half-cent sales tax to fund the East Crossett Sewer Project passed with 72 percent of the vote.

Turnout for the election, however, was low, with only 11.7 percent of Crossett voters casting their ballots in early or Election Day voting.

Crossett has 3,131 registered voters. A total of 368 showed up at the polls to vote on the proposed sewer tax. Of the voters who participated in the election, 265 voted in favor of the tax and 103 against it.

The City of Crossett has previously committed to the East Crossett Sewer Project, which officials say has become increasingly necessary as business expands not only at the Crossett Industrial Park but along Unity and Fairview Roads.

“This is a huge win for Crossett, Ashley County, and southeast Arkansas,” Crossett’s Interim Mayor Crystal Marshall said. “Thank you to the voters who believed in and shared our vision for growth and expansion of our vital industry infrastructure. This is a pivotal moment in Crossett’s history and will lay the framework for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Potential funding for the project could come from two sources, either by raising sewer rates or adding a half cent sales tax. Officials with the sewer commission voiced their opposition to raising rates prior to the election.

Shoppers will begin seeing the tax on their receipt in the near future. Crossett City Attorney James Hamilton said his office should have the official start date by the end of the week.

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