|Ballot proposition||The adoption of a sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to undertake such projects, as authorized by Chapter 505 of the Texas Local Government Code, as amended, that promote and develop new and expanded business enterprises, community redevelopment, provide and encourage employment, diversify the economy, and promote the public welfare; including, but not limited to, projects that incentivize private capital to rehabilitate urban blight and decay.
|If I vote FOR||The City of Arlington will levy a sales tax of 0.25% to fund economic development programs, through the Arlington Economic Development Corporation
|If I vote AGAINST||The City of Arlington will not levy a sales tax of 0.25% to fund economic development programs.|
|Tax consequences||If the proposition passes, the current sales tax rate of 8.0% will go up to 8.25%.
If the proposition fails, the current sales tax rate will remain the same.
|What is a sales and use tax?||This is the formal name for a sales tax. Individuals pay sales taxes on most goods and services in Texas.
|What is the current sales tax rate?||The base rate for the Texas sales tax is 6.25%. However, local government agencies (cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit authorities) can hold elections to increase the sales tax in their area. By law, the maximum sales tax rate (including state and local sales taxes) is 8.25%.
Currently, the sales tax rate in the city of Arlington is allocated as follows:
- 6.25% – State of Texas
- 1% – City of Arlington General Fund
- 0.25% – City of Arlington Street Maintenance (reauthorized by voters, May 2018)
- 0.50% – City of Arlington Sports and Community Venues (reauthorized by voters, November 2016)
|Resources||City of Arlington, “Sales and Use Tax Election FAQs,” https://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/sales_tax_election_2020?fbclid=IwAR0sd80ZQuwDc0P4-V38p-8gFiawrzGpJxi-vBvI2mRu_MvRBeEUn_nQJpw
City of Arlington, “Local Sales and Use Tax Special Election” (slide presentation), https://www.arlingtontx.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_14481062/File/News/2020/February/Local%20Sales%20and%20Use%20Tax%20Special%20Election%20Information.pdf
City of Arlington, “Comprehensive Plan” (approved, 2015), https://www.arlingtontx.gov/city_hall/departments/office_of_strategic_initiatives/citywide_and_area_plans/comprehensive_plan
Comptroller, State of Texas, “Type A and B Economic Development Corporations Overview,” https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/local/type-ab/
|Recent News Articles||“Arlington asks voters to approve sales tax increase in May. Here’s what it would mean.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb 11, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/arlington/article240199962.html|