The City of Benton will host its second public hearing Monday, April 5 beginning at 6 p.m. on plans to discuss a proposed ordinance to establish a 1.5% sales tax on hospitality business in the city limits, to use for City improvement projects.
This would effectively remove the sunset and continue a tax that began in 2011 and helped to build the Benton Event Center, now a successful venue. The hearing will be held at Benton Event Center at 17322 Interstate 30 in Benton.
At the first hearing, residents and businesses were presented a vision that the City of Benton is exploring with McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. It involves hiking and biking trails, neighborhood parks, pickleball, tennis, soccer, campgrounds, archery, disc golf, ball fields and even a renovation of CW Lewis Stadium. If all the improvements were made, the City estimates it will add 17 full-time jobs and 57 part-time jobs. The current tax would end in 2021.
See illustrations below and come to the meeting or talk to your city council member.
Proposed Ordinance 11 of 2021
An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 46 of 2005, as amended by ordinance no. 50 of 2011, establishing a one and one-half percent (1.50%) tax upon the gross receipts or proceeds of hotels, motels, restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, and similar businesses in the city of Benton, Arkansas, for advertising and promoting the City; and for other purposes.
See the full description of the two previous ordinances below:
Ordinance No. 50 of 2011 – Amending Ord 46 of 2005 – Establishing the 1.5% A&P Tax
An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 46 of 2005 establishing a one and one-half percent (1.50%) tax upon the gross receipts or proceeds of hotels, motels, restaurants, cafes, cafeterias and similar businesses in the city of Benton, Arkansas for advertising and promoting the city and other purposes; declaring an emergency and prescribing other matters pertaining thereto.
Ordinance No. 46 of 2005 – Establishing an Advertising & Promotion Commission
An ordinance establishing an Advertising and Promotion Commission for the city of Benton; levying a gross receipts tax pursuant to the Arkansas “advertising and promotion commission act;” and, for other purposes