Marksville residents to vote on one-cent sales tax renewal in May

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 8:44 PM CST
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Marksville City Council voted Wednesday night to allow the renewal of a one-cent sales tax for the city to be on a May 9 ballot.

The one-cent tax was in place in Marksville for about 40 years. It was supposed to be voted on by residents for renewal in 2018, but it was never put on the ballot, so on Jan. 1, 2019, it expired.

But the city continued to collect that one cent-tax throughout 2019, which totaled around $1.8 million dollars in revenue that year according to Avoyelles Today.

It's not clear how or if residents will be reimbursed for that money, but come May 9, it's up to those residents to decide whether or not the tax will continue to be imposed.

If residents vote against the tax, the city loses revenue, leaving a major hole in the budget. Cost cuts could include things like a loss of city jobs.

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