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Petition circulates in Texarkana to repeal 2 percent A&P tax

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TEXARKANA, Ark. -

A group of Texarkana residents are circulating a petition calling for an election to repeal the city's 2 percent tax on restaurant and fast food purchases.     
    
Supporters of the plan say the move would make businesses on the Arkansas-side more competitive and leave consumers with more money in their pockets.

Hopkins Icehouse has been open nearly six years in downtown Texarkana.

Co-owner David Jones says he loves the location, but has concerns about the taxes.

A petition is circulating to repeal a 2 percent tax on restaurant and fast food purchases, also known as the hamburger tax.

Jones believes a special election would be a good idea.  

"It will save the taxpayers alot of money and help businesses survive in this market," said Jones.

Over the last year, there's been some controversy over how much the Advertising and Promotion Commission has distributed the tax money to the new Convention Center and Holiday Springs Water Park.

Jones would like to see the tax eliminated.

"I think the funds have been misused and misdirected," explained Jones.

Those who support the tax say the money has been used to promote the city and attract tourists.

Randy Thomas has co-owned the Old Tyme Burger Shop on Jefferson Avenue for more than 20 years and has seen positive results from the tax.  

"We've been handling an A&P tax for the longest time, it's hard for me to understand the controversy," said Thomas.
 
Thomas says the A&P funds have made a difference with events on Front Street and growth at the Four States Fairgrounds.  

"Those things are a result of funding, we can only do that through funding, that's the only way we can do it," said Thomas.

Election officials say more than 1,000 signatures from registered voters will be needed in order to put the question before voters.
 

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