The Newport City Council has approved an ordinance to let voters decide whether to extend the city’s 1/2-cent sales tax.

The tax, currently set to end next March, funds economic development in the city. If voters approve extension of the tax, it will then expire in March 2032.

The voters will decide the fate of the tax in a special election. The date for the special election has not yet been set.

The council also has adopted a resolution to accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for up to $49,000 to cover part of the cost of two 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit vehicles. According to Newport City Clerk Debbie Hembrey the city is to provide a 46 percent match.

The council also approved the reappointment of Penn Stafford to the Newport Planning Commission. His term expires in July 2024.

And the council has approved the reappointments of Scott Foushee, Lee Scoggins and Lee Sides to the Newport Economic Development Commission. The terms of each expire on May 1, 2026.

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