The city of Laurie cannot move forward with their sales tax plans they talked about at the end of last year.

Although the Laurie Board of Aldermen unanimously supported changing the sales tax to help increase funding for law enforcement, they have had to back up and change their plans. 

The city of Laurie cannot move forward with their sales tax plans they talked about at the end of last year. The city had hoped to have the issue on the April ballot but, after passing an ordinance to move forward, they found out they can’t. For now, any plans for a ballot question.

The city wanted to impose a one-quarter of one percent on all retail sales within the city limits.

“For a sales tax, it has to be a half percent, seven-eighths percent, or one percent,” City Clerk Vanessa Hebrank said. The city can’t have a quarter percent sales tax.

“And we are maxed out on our sales tax,” Mayor Allen Kimberling added.

Once the city learned they were not able to pursue the sales tax, they had to pass an ordinance to repeal an ordinance that had been passed last year.