Sure the good, hardworking taxpayers of this great city deserve better than what they are receiving in return from the high water rates, high sanitation rates and a high sales tax. An alias by the name of "Statistics" tried to smooth over comparisons between Fort Smith and Jonesboro and I just wanted to add a few more items. Jonesboro spent $6,095,000 on roads while Fort Smith spent $4,333,000 on roads the same year. So we know the additional money isn't going to streets. The estimated $50 per month savings on residential sanitation and water rates Jonesboro residents realize, compared to the water rates quoted by Ray Gosack recently, could amount to a savings of $18,000,000 a year to Jonesboro residents using Ray's own water amount. But the huge difference is found in the sales tax comparison. The same year Jonesboro collected $12,136,000 in sales tax, Fort Smith generated $32,068,000 in sales tax. One has to ask, how does a city government like Jonesboro provide free sanitation to residents within the city limits and serve a geographical area 25% larger than Fort Smith on 1/3 the sales tax revenue provided by the 8.5% sales tax. Dude, that is EFFICIENCY!! And one other thing, the same year, Fort Smith received $20.4 million in water revenue compared to $4.9 water revenue received in Jonesboro. And I don't even want to get into parks. I hate to ask, but where does it all go?
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