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Fact Sheet Available for Poinsett County Voters

by Kristin Higgins - July 8, 2019

Front cover of Poinsett County Sales Tax Election Fact SheetVoters in Poinsett County have a special election coming up in August. The Public Policy Center partnered with the Poinsett County Extension Office on producing a fact sheet explaining the Aug. 13 special election.

Voters will decide whether to approve a 0.5 percent (1/2 percent) sales and use tax to be used for operating, maintaining, constructing and repairing the existing county jail building and operating the sheriff’s department.

If approved, the county-wide sales tax rate would increase from 1.25 percent to 1.75 percent in January 2020.

The election is Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Early voting starts Aug. 6, 2019 at the Poinsett County Annex Building at 110 N. East St. in Harrisburg. Poinsett County voters can check their voter status or find out where they’re supposed to vote on Election Day by calling the Poinsett County Clerk’s Office at 870-578-4410. You can also check your voter registration status online at

People who live in Poinsett County and are registered to vote are eligible to vote in this special election.

What are the county's plans?

The county proposes to increase the county sales tax rate by a half-percent and use the new revenue to make repairs at the county jail, to maintain the building, to upgrade equipment at the sheriff’s office and add personnel. The Quorum Court would decide each year how much of the tax revenue would go to the jail budget and how much would go to the sheriff’s department budget.

Get the fact sheet

Download the fact sheet here or stop by the Poinsett County Extension Service Office at 302 N. Main St. in Harrisburg for a copy.