LR Mayor Frank Scott Jr. asks public at State of City address to vote for penny sales tax, raising $50 million annually

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Mayor Frank Scott Jr. delivered his second State of the City address at the Heifer Village on January 30.

Mayor Scott shared a review of 2019 and shared his priorities for 2020.

The theme for tonight’s address, was lifting Little Rock to new heights. Many of the plans Mayor Scott Jr. touched on revolved around public safety, parks, economic development and citizen engagement.

“I was interested to hear the Mayor speak about the future of Little Rock and so that’s one reason why I wanted to come and I was really excited about the things that I heard,’ said Kara Wilkins a Soma District neighbor.

Many people who were packed into the room at Heifer Village clapped and stood as Mayor Frank Scott Jr. recapped 2019, and talked about 2020.

“The state of our city is stronger than it was a year ago,” said Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

Some highlights for 2019, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said there were zero fire fatalities.

“Things happen all the time and you never know whats going to happen but to hear that there were no fire deaths in our city. That just highlights how amazing of a job our fire department really does,” said Sarita Robinson an Oak Forest Neighbor.

In 2019, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said more than 1,000 jobs were created, and they hope to double that in early 2020.

Other goals for this year include ensuring all LRSD schools are equal. He also wants to hire a new chief equity officer to empower women, minority businesses and the LGBTQ+ community.

Finally Mayor Frank Scott Jr. talked about a new sales tax. He said this money is to be used to improve parks, and adding an indoor sports complex, soccer field, senior center and more.

“Here’s what else that penny would do. Fund a much needed zoo expansion returning giraffes to our zoo, a bear habitat, and a red wolf and razor hog exhibit,’ said Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

“Another thing I was excited to hear about was that it help to revitalize the zoo. Which I think a lot of people who are residents here probably recognize that the zoo does need some updates,” said Kara Wilkins.

The Mayor also was adamant about the 2020 Census coming up. He stressed the importance of everyone being counted so Little Rock can properly prepare for its future.

You can read the full recap here or watch it below.

The full slideshow from the State of the City address can be found below.

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