Two days without electricity, followed by the 2-day sales tax holiday has McGehee Mayor Jack May somewhat concerned about the impact those two events will have on the city’s sales tax revenue.
“It’ll be about six weeks before we know,” May told Seark Today Tuesday morning.
The city was without power from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday and again from 3 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
“Entergy tells me one of the lines blew out and the next day a line right beside it blew out,” May said.
May said he’s not sure how much perishable food residents lost as a result of the outage but the grocery stores lost quite a bit. Moreover, the merchants lost 14 hours of retail time.
The outage couldn’t have come at a worse time from the sales tax perspective. The state’s first sales tax holiday was Saturday and Sunday.
Asked if the outage caused any traffic problems, May said the city set up a temporary 4-way stop on Thursday at the intersection where the city’s only traffic light is located.
It was a bit confusing because motorists were not used to the stop sign, he said, but the city had a generator in place Friday to operate the light. A large back-up generator at the police department kept the operations room running and kept the city jail cool, May said.
May said it was frightening during the evening hours because the city street lights were not operating. “You’re concerned about those who might take advantage of that situation and commit crimes,” he said.
However, there was no noticeable increase in crime as a result of the power outage, he said.