An open forum scheduled for next week will provide local residents with information to help them decide how they will vote in a May 3 special election.
That special election will determine the fate of a tax levy that amounts to nearly a third of the property taxes Tupelo residents pay to the city.
The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Cit Hall in the City Council chambers on the second floor. Voters will have an opportunity to educate themselves about how Major Thoroughfare Program money will be spent if the program wins renewal at the ballot box next month.
A presentation will detail the proposed Major Thoroughfare Phase VI priorities and local citizens will be able to ask questions.
Out of the city tax rate of 32.47 mills, 10-mills goes toward Major Thoroughfare.
Those 10-mills must be renewed at a special election every five years and will once again go before voters on May 3.
Ahead of that vote, officials are working to make sure Tupelo residents have access to information about how the money would be used over the next five years.
Officials are also making the round of local civic clubs, neighborhood associations and other organizations to spread the word about the upcoming vote.
Estimates say a 10-mill levy would yield about $20 million over the next five years. Officials want to spend 25 percent – or $5 million – on maintenance of current major thoroughfare roads as well as “major collector” roads.
The remaining $15 million or so would go to numerous new projects. Go here to see the full list of new projects as well as streets that would be targeted for maintenance.