SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (NWA Politics) — Siloam Springs’ water system is in need of upgrades, and officials say they want to pay for them by extending a sales tax.
Residents will go to the polls on May 22 to vote on keeping a 5/8 of one cent sales tax or letting it sunset. Early voting begins May 7.
The city draws its water from the Illinois River in Oklahoma and even sells water to other cities like West Siloam Springs, officials say.
Right now, all the water comes from one 24-inch pipe. And if that pipe breaks, that’s the city’s only connection to get water.
City officials said part of the upgrades to the system would allow them to construct a second pipe for redundancies in case they need to shut down the main pipe for repairs. It could also help increase capacity as Siloam Springs continues to grow.
Listen to our full report, including interviews with city officials on the upcoming tax vote, below.
Read the full text of the sales tax here.