The city of Magazine could grow slightly in November.
That’s because a special election will be on the General Election ballot asking if Magazine should expand its boundary to the west.
According to Magazine Mayor Stan McConnell the proposed expansion is from the current western edge of the city to the Scott Creek Bridge just past the intersection of Old Union Road on Highway 10.
The amount of property to be annexed is 625 feet both to the north and south of the highway, McConnell said.
That would expand the city by only a few residences but it would also take in three businesses, including a farm implement retailer, a tire service center/auto parts store and a storage facility.
That would subject those businesses to city sales tax collections, which is two percent higher than the currently taxed county rate.
McConnell said there has been some discussion but nothing no drastic opposition to the idea, which the Magazine City Council discussed for a month, he said.
“If you’ve got to come to Booneville, the taxes are the same,” the mayor said.
According to a Department of Finance and Administration webpage, both cities collect two percent sales tax, the county collects two percent sales tax and the state’s non-grocery sales tax is a 6.5 percent for a total of 10.5 percent.
Registered voters who live in the proposed annex have been notified and are eligible to vote in the election.