The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to approve a resolution in support of special election millage vote on February 9th. The 7.6 mill will make way for a new High School and much needed improvements to the schools in the newly formed Jacksonville North Pulaski School District.
Roger Sundermeier, Chairman of the Board, believes that if approved, the millage will economically benefit everyone in the community, not just students.
“We’ve worked on this for decades, because everyone understands that a commitment to education is one of the best economic investments a community can make,” said Sundermeier. “Quality schools have been shown in other communities to attract new jobs and private investment,” Sundermeier added.
According to Sundermeier, schools also play a crucial role in making sure existing employers, like the Air Force Base, stay put. “Thanks to them and many others, Jacksonville has become a limelight city. Today’s out-of-town visitor may come back one day to start a family or a small business. It’s time we put our best foot forward and support this millage.”
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce represents over 350 businesses and their employees in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Its mission leads a unified effort to promote and develop Jacksonville by taking an active role in business recruitment and economic development.
Early voting at the Jacksonville Community Center will begin Tuesday, Feb. 2 and end Friday, Feb. 5. Early voting at the Pulaski County Regional Building in Little Rock will begin Tuesday, Feb. 2 and end Monday, Feb. 8. Saturday voting will not be available.