The city of Newport provides trash bags to its residents, and according to Mayor David Stewart, the City Council has accepted a bid of $9.81 per box of 50 from Hot Springs-based Sigma for 8,100 boxes.

“We issue them twice a year,” Stewart said. He added the bid was the lowest of three bids received. Extended cost of the boxes totals $79,461.

Stewart also said the council accepted the resignation from the Advertising and Promotion (A&P) Commission of Jeff Fortune. In his place, the council appointed Kim Watkins, manager of Fortune Inn and Suites to serve out the term expiring on March 31, 2023.

“There has to be someone on the commission that’s from the hotel industry,” Stewart said. There are seven members on the Newport A&P Commission.

Typically, a city’s A&P Commission operates to make grants to be used for specific events or for promoting the city in general. It funds those grants from a sales tax levied on overnight guests at hotels and motels in the city; some, like Newport, also operate from a similar tax collected on processed foods (e.g. served in restaurants).

Information from the Newport City Hall indicated the city collects a 3 percent A&P tax on lodging, and a 1 percent tax on processed foods.

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