|Updated: 9/04/2012 6:11 pm
||Published: 9/04/2012 5:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Early voting started Monday in the election to extend a long running millage in Little Rock to fund street and drainage repairs. But at least one community leader says citizens should say "no" at the polls September 11.
Voting officials expect at most one in five registered voters to cast ballots in the city of Little Rock.
The proposal calls for the renewal of a millage assessed on the value of property that has been in place since 1958.
The current millage rate sits at 3.3 mills. If voters approve the $105 million dollar package the rate would actually decrease to 3.0 mills.
The plan calls for the money to be split equally among the city's seven wards.
Still, pastor and Pulaski County circuit judge Wendell Griffen says he is urging his congregation at New Millennium Church and the community as a whole to reject the plan.
"It's about fairness," Griffen says.
Griffen and other neighborhood activists have pointed out the infrastructure needs are greater in wards 1,2,6 & 7 which comprises the downtown and southwest portions of the city.
"To treat the areas in Southwest Little Rock as if they are as equally vulnerable to flooding as the areas are in Chenal where it never floods simply isn't fair," Griffen says.
Little Rock mayor Mark Stodola places the infrastructure needs at approximately $800 million.
He says every ward has substantial street and drainage needs and that this proposed amount of money won't solve every issue in any ward, but that it's a good start.