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Increase in Sales Tax Could Save Benton Public Safety Jobs

Public safety jobs in Benton could be at stake if they don't find a way to balance their budget by this fall.
BENTON, AR - Public safety jobs in Benton could be at stake if they don't find a way to balance their budget by this fall.

Mayor David Mattingly says something has to be done to keep up with the demands of a significantly growing population.

Since 2001 the city of Benton has grown 38 percent. The problem with that, according to the Mayor, growth of public safety departments didn't keep up with the pace and now they could suffer.

To fix it, Mayor Mattingly says they need to look at ways to increase revenue, like sales tax to keep the public safety jobs intact.

The mayor is holding public meetings asking citizens for their input on what they think should be done to balance the budget.

For the latest on those public meetings and where they will be held, the city of Benton can be reached at 501-776-5900.
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