Drew County Treasurer Charlie Searcy next week will discuss a February 11 special election calling for the reinstatement of a one-cent sales tax for county road maintenance and improvements. The discussion will be held at a Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club meeting at the Western Sizzlin restaurant in Monticello at noon on February 3, the day before early voting begins in the special election.

Renewal of the long-standing tax failed by 14 votes in a special election last summer.

Searcy will discuss the tax, its uses, and answer questions from the audience. The meeting is open to the public.

Early voting in the February 11 special sales tax election begins on February 4 at the Drew County Courthouse. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30. The election is February 11. Election day voting hours are 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club is a non-partisan group for individuals in Southeast Arkansas who seek civil discussion of political and policy issues impacting our region, state, and nation. There are no membership fees to join the Southeast Arkansas Political Animals Club, and all are welcome. Those who plan to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP via e-mail to John Davis at [email protected] or by calling Davis at (870) 460-1189.