Pea Ridge Millage Increase Passes

PEA RIDGE (KFSM) -- The Pea Ridge School District asked voters for a millage increase for a new high school and they have received.

Residents voted Tuesday (Feb. 13) for the millage increase with an 18-point margin.  Final unofficial results show the millage passing  638 voters were for the millage increase, while 452 were against, or about 59-41 percent.

Taxes will be raised toward the future of education. Voters approved a 3.9 millage increase. The rate will now be 48.7 due to overcrowding issues, which means for every $100,000 in property someone owns, they'll pay an extra $78 in property taxes annually.

Pea Ridge Superintendent Rick Neal said he thanks voters for their support.

"We've got an opportunity to build a brand new high school... 10th, 11th and 12th facility. We've got the opportunity to spread our school district out and reconfigure our buildings. So we have an opportunity to make some real significant moves for potential growth for our district," Neal said.

This is the second millage vote within a year.