|Updated: 11/07/2011 10:43 am
||Published: 11/05/2011 9:55 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ar - Local grocery and eatery Argenta Market is filled wall to wall with local products.
"I think people enjoy what we're offering," said cook Ian Hallum. "Giving back to the community, local produce, local meats."
Hallum does a lot of catering for the market - which means buying from local vendors in bulk.
"We grow more and more - we get people in here every day."
North Little Rock's proposed penny sales tax applies to everything the state sales tax does - groceries included.
"We sell a lot of produce - meat - stuff like that so that tax - us purchasing it, and then them purchasing..."
It could rack up. The proposed penny sales tax will go to almost anything and everything the city needs. 13 new firefighters and a new fire department, 10 more officers to the police force, road improvements and balancing the budget. Even the State Fair is waiting on the vote before deciding where to locate in the future.
"We certainly want to keep up, this is our chance to do it and hopefully voters will agree," said NLR Mayor Patrick Hays.
Hays says there's a sense of urgency in getting these funds flowing ever since Little Rock's sales tax passed.
"We piggyback on top of their infrastructure," he said.
As far as Argenta Market is concerned, workers are willing to take the potential hit of a tax hike. Keep their city safe, and they'll keep it stocked.
Early voting continues Monday and polls open for voters Tuesday morning at 7:30am.
As of 5:00 p.m. on November 4, 2011, 526 Pulaski County voters have opted to cast their ballot early in the November 8, 2011 Special Election. This brings the four day total for early voting to 1,984.