Voting May 22

(Read the full text of the sales tax here.)

On May 22, voters will have a chance to decide how to pay for the vital Water Treatment Plant upgrade.

Choices are to extend the existing 5/8th cents tax or increase water rates by 50%.

The needed Water Treatment Plant upgrade will be an estimated $31 million.

Newer technology will increase efficiency in treating water. Aging equipment between 25 and 60 years old is obsolete and causes costly repairs and maintenance.  The most recent upgrade to the plant was in 1992.

Upgrades will include a new water line from the Illinois River to the plant. Currently there is no back up should the existing 62 year old line fail. The plant will also switch from chlorine gas treatment to sodium hypochlorite, which is safer for the community.

The existing 5/8th cent tax is collected in retail sales, restaurant sales and services. Non-residents who come to Siloam Springs to shop pay a share of the existing 5/8 tax.

The City paid off the bonds for the previous $20 million debt for the Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade in 12 years, which was originally a 20-year bond issue. (This is the current use of the 5/8 cent sales tax). 

Read the ordinance

Voting locations for May 22

Early voting begins May 7See times and locations for early voting

What to Know about Siloam Springs’ Tax Renewal Vote

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