Rebuild the Rock Receives Strong Endorsements & Support From Key Organizations

LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 17, 2021)— The Committee to Rebuild the Rock announced Monday the campaign to replace Little Rock’s expiring sales tax has received the endorsements and support of a diverse mix of Little Rock organizations.

Endorsements include the following:

  • Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Arkansas Zoological Foundation
  • Downtown Little Rock Partnership
  • Little Rock Realtors Association

“The Committee to Rebuild the Rock and I are grateful to have the strong support of our business community, Little Rock’s real estate agent community, downtown businesses, and those who work to advance one of our city’s biggest attractions,” Mayor Scott said. “These endorsements highlight that the Rebuild The Rock improvements proposed are popular among various groups throughout our city. I’m looking forward to expanding this list and continuing to share why we must invest in ourselves on Sept. 14 and vote for the Rebuild The Rock Penny Replacement Initiative. This replacement tax will add 5/8th of a penny to our tax as the 3/8th cent tax expires on December 31. And it will allow us to improve the quality of life for ALL of Little Rock. It’s time to be big, be bold, and be brave to catapult us into our future.”

“Economic development and quality of place are paramount to growing and sustaining a robust economy,” stated John Burgess, chair of the Little Rock Regional Chamber. “As champions of economic development, we support the Rebuild the Rock campaign.”

“The Downtown Little Rock Partnership Board voted to endorse the penny sales tax not only for the benefits it includes for downtown, but for the city as a whole,” Downtown Little Rock Partnership Executive Director Gabe Holmstrom said. Little Rock needs to pass this tax to invest in our city with a combination of services provided, quality of life amenities and brick and mortar projects.”

“The Arkansas Zoological Foundation is excited to endorse the Rebuild the Rock initiative to not only renew the Little Rock Zoo but to invest in the future of our city,” said Melanie Hillard, Foundation Board Member. “Accredited zoos are important to quality of life and are also huge tourist attractions that drive local economies. The Rebuild The Rock funds allocated to the Little Rock Zoo, one of the largest family attractions in Arkansas, are essential to maintaining the zoo’s accreditation and to building a better zoo. Likewise, Rebuild The Rock prioritizes families by investing in quality of life, education and in keeping us safe. It will make our city a better place for all.”

“As REALTORS, our members are on the frontlines ‘selling’ Little Rock to both current and potential residents, Margaret Bell Hughes, president of Little Rock Realtors Association, said. “While we are proud of our city, we recognize there are areas in which we must continue to improve. We believe revenue generated from this tax will allow the city to invest in those areas and continue growing our community, making it an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

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