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The Future? Walton Arts Center Seeks Encore

Voters To Decide Funding For Fayetteville Expansion

Posted: November 3, 2013 at 5 a.m.

The main lobby of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville fills up as people arrive for a production of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' on Friday October 18, 2013. Plans exist to expand the lobby, in order to better accommodate crowds at large events, if a November 12 special election approves the funding.

Voters will decide Nov. 12 whether to commit hotel, motel and restaurant taxes to the Walton Arts Center during the next 25 years.

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Special Election

Fayetteville voters will be asked three questions in a Nov. 12 special election. Early voting for the special election begins Tuesday.

• Whether to issue up to $1.5 million in bonds to repay debt associated with Fayetteville Town Center construction.

• Whether to issue up to $3.5 million in bonds to help build and equip a regional park off Cato Springs Road.

• Whether to issue up to $6.9 million in bonds to help renovate the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street.

Source: Staff Report

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Spend your own money, not mine. No matter how much is spent on the building, or how many hillbillys wear tuxedos, you still have la-te-dah with hillbillys in tuxes. I first became acquainted with Fayetteville in 1949 as a jerkwater town. Since then all that has changed is the facade with more people. Spending even more money will not change it. Charging for parking will not change it, nor will overpriced hamburgers. How do you suppose I will vote?

Posted by: Oldearkie

November 3, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Spend your own money, not mine."
The WAC is a public-private entity, so whatever tax money they can acquire is "their own money".

RE "...you still have la-te-dah with hillbillys in tuxes."
The only people I have ever seen wearing tuxes at the WAC are performers (it's traditional; they can't help it) and some of the WAC staff at certain events.

RE "I first became acquainted with Fayetteville in 1949 as a jerkwater town. Since then all that has changed is the facade...."
Apparently it's not a jerkwater town; it just has a jerkwater element in the population. People with jerkwater attitudes like yours are one thing that holds Fayetteville back.

RE "How do you suppose I will vote?"
Vote as you wish. At least you get to vote on the issue.

Posted by: AlphaCat

November 3, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I am not a resident of Fayettenam nor do I want to be, and blessedly don't have to concern myself with voting over there.

But out of simple curiosity I can't help but ask a simple question anyway. If the Walton Arts Center is a self-supporting private entity, why is local government funding it at all?

Posted by: jeffieboy

November 3, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The relative newcomers to Fayetteville need to sip a little humility and realize their votes are outnumbered by natives despite their perceived comfort provide by the hippies down on Dickson.

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 3, 2013 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE-

"you still have la-te-dah with hillbillys in tuxes"

Watch your tone and quit being so disrespectful to your own kind.

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 3, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'll be voting "No" three times.

Posted by: Moneymyst

November 3, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "If the Walton Arts Center is a self-supporting private entity, why is local government funding it at all?"
It isn't. It is a public/private entity.

Posted by: AlphaCat

November 3, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cool. I know little about what goes on in Fayettenam. I have avoided it since getting my brass plaque on the bar at Powerhouse many years ago. :)

Posted by: jeffieboy

November 3, 2013 at 9:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I admit to being a redneck hillbilly hick and I make no pretense of puttin' on airs

Posted by: Oldearkie

November 3, 2013 at 10:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Nothing wrong with being a "hick". I know a lot of "hicks" that never finished the 8th grade that make a lot more sense than some of the esteemed academics that make occasional "contributions" and "pontifications" here. I have more respect for a "hick" with a modicum of common sense than a senseless disillusioned "egghead" without a scrap of it. :)

Posted by: jeffieboy

November 3, 2013 at 10:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )