A&P Commission Members
Who Are The Commissioners?
The Commission consists of seven commissioners: two City Council representatives, four made up of the restaurant, hotel and tourism industry and one at large position. The initial terms of the Commissioners were staggered 1, 2, 3 and 4 year terms, with re-appointment terms of four years.
What Is The A&P?
Tourism, entertainment, sports and recreation are among the greatest assets that Northwest Arkansas has. People will travel from near and far to eat, watch or participate in a ball game, relax, or have a picnic with their family and friends. Centerton must compete for the attention of these people.
Some of the A&P tax, which you collect, will go toward developing a park system, which will attract people to our community including a sports park with ball fields, soccer fields, Skate Park, tennis courts, basketball court, 1-mile walking trail, picinic area and pavilion anda children’s play area. Family parks with trails, canoes, fishing, picnic areas and more. Where do people go after a Little League ball game? Out to eat! We want to encourage them to do that before they leave Centerton for their home communities.
Another portion of the tax will go toward promotiong the City of Centerton, including the businesses, which collect the tax. This will be done though such things as and A&P Commission website, publications directing people to our restaurants, support and promotion of events, which bring people to Centerton. The A&P tax allows funding to promote Centerton.
Below is a breakdown of the A&P (Advertising & Promotion) tax rates in Centerton, which became effective October 1, 2007.
Why Was The A&P Established?
The Advertising & Promotion tax (referred to as the ‘hospitality’ tax), was established by Centerton City Ordinance May 8, 2007 and levied at: 3 percent (3%) tax on the portion of the gross receipts or gross proceeds received from the renting, leasing or otherwise furnishing of hotel, motel, or short-term condominium rental accommodations for sleeping, meeting or party room facilities for profit in the City of Centerton, Arkansas, but such accommodations shall not include the rental or lease of such accomodations for periods of thirty (30) days or more.
1 percent (1%) tax on prepared food and non-alcoholic beverage sold by restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, delis, drive-in restaurants, carry-out restaurants, mobile food vendors, convenience stores, grocery stores delis, and all other establishments in Centerton engaged in the selling of prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages for on or off premises consumption
Prepared food is food items sold that are altered by quantity or content. Any food item that is cooked on the premises by the establishment for sale to a customer:
A fountain drink would be subject to the tax, whereby a can of soft drink would not. Meat or cheese sliced by the establishment for customer sale would be taxed, whereas, pre-packaged meat or cheese sold to a customer as purchased by the establishment from a vendor would not be taxed.
A pre-packaged bag of nacho chips/patao chips would not be taxed, however, an on-premises prepared serving of nachos (cheese and nacho chips) would be, etc.
Although this is a city tax, state laws govern the makeup of the Commission and set forth guidelines for any expenditure of the funds collected. Payment of the tax is made directly to our office, and any expenditure must be approved by the Commissioners.