Bella Vista City Council Votes To Increase Taxes For Road Repairs

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BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — The Bella Vista City Council voted Monday (Oct. 26) to raise taxes to fund road improvements.

The city council voted to increase the millage by one mill from 2.5 mills to 3.5, according to Bella Vista Communications Manager Cassi Lapp. That means an increase of about $40 a year for the average household.

Lapp said the city council can vote to increase the millage up to 5 mills without having to bring the proposal to a resident vote. Bella Vista residents are also paying an additional 1.5 mills for police and fire department pensions that they approved in an election last year.

The newly approved tax increase will go toward road improvements throughout the city, Lapp said. Following a study, the city determined it needs to repair 186 miles of roads and so far, it has repaired 30 miles, according to Lapp.