The Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that the city of Little Rock has better police and fire staffing than several similar cities in the region — Tulsa and Austin, for example — despite having a lower city sales tax rate — a half-cent. City leaders want to raise that tax by 200 percent to produce $500 million over the next 10 years.
It’s an interesting finding that we are better staffed than some on a lower tax. But it’s not a complete picture. Can’t tell from the article how much support those cities might receive, if anything, from a countywide sales tax, a major source of Little Rock money in addition to the half-cent city tax. Per capita spending on police and fire would be an interesting measurement.