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Half-cent sales tax means new roads, nicer parks, and infrastructure

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - City leaders say Tyler had about a million dollars less to work with in the current budget, but were able to cut spending by about a million dollars, so the city expects to break close to even.

The city says its "half cent sales tax" has helped keep them debt free so far, and council unanimously approved using money collected from the "half-cent sales tax" for future improvement projects. 

What it means is new street lights, new sidewalks, better drainage, nicer parks, new fire stations, and new roads, like the Earl Campbell Parkway currently under construction.

Getting across South Tyler is not nearly as much of a headache, now, thanks to the Grande Extension. That was paid for, in cash, with money from the half-cent sales tax which was passed more than 10 years ago.

That's how the city's paying the $14 million tab for the new Earl Campbell Parkway which will also ease congestion.

Next up on the list, a new Fire Station No. 5. The city says the goal is to put money back into the community.

"We just look forward to a new fire station being in that part of the town, and it's going to help the whole city," says Chief Tim Johnson Tyler Fire Department.

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