Voters in Fayetteville today will decide whether to continue the city’s 1-cent sales tax.
Polls will be open until 7:30 p.m. Ballots may be cast at any vote center, regardless of where a voter lives in Fayetteville (see locations below).
The tax was last approved by voters in 2006. The money was used to pay for a variety of projects, including the 71B flyover bridge, the widening of Garland Avenue, an extension of Van Asche Drive, and a series of improvements to North College Avenue.
If approved, the new bond issue would generate about $226 million in bonds for a list of proposed capital projects, including road, drainage, trail and park improvements; economic development; construction of a cultural arts corridor with potential new parking facilities; a new police headquarters; three new fire stations; various city facilities improvements; and refinancing outstanding sales tax bonds.
City staff have said the goal is to pay off the debt in 16 years, but it’s possible that the bonds could be paid off in 10-12 years with expected growth.
If approved, Fayetteville voters would join those in Springdale who passed an extension of that city’s 1-cent sales tax for almost $225 million in bonds, and voters in Rogers who passed a nearly $300 million bond referendum last year.
Voters will find 10 items that will appear as separate issues on the ballot.
- Central United Methodist Church – 6 W. Dickson St.
- Covenant Church – 4511 W. Wedington Drive
- Sang Avenue Baptist Church – 1425 N. Sang Ave.
- Sequoyah Methodist Church – 1910 Old Wire Road
- Shiloh Community Church – 4262 W. Mount Comfort Road
- Trinity Fellowship – 1100 Rolling Hills Drive