Bond would pay for Springdale buildings

Posted: February 4, 2018 at 1:02 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Lawyers and defendants arrive Thursday into district court in Springdale. The courtroom capacity is 132 but often people spill into the halls due to overcrowding.

The detective division of the Police Department sits a block from the main office. The evidence locker is off-site as well.

Special election

Springdale residents will vote on a $200 million bond issue to pay for projects in five areas. The sixth question on the ballot asks voters to renew a 1 percent sales tax to pay the bonds. The renewal must pass for any of the projects to be funded.

Estimated costs and projects are:

• $71.4 million for street improvement

• $47.4 million to refinance debt

• $40.8 million for a criminal justice center and renovate the city administration building

• $19.4 million for parks and trails

• $16.4 million for three fire stations

• $5.2 million to replace the animal shelter

Source: Staff report

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a six-part series on the proposed Springdale bond issue. For previous stories, visit nwadg.com.

Sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue in Springdale has increased almost 29 percent in five years from $10,219,412 in 2012 to $14,463,557 in 2017.

Source: Staff report

Early voting

Early voting begins Tuesday for the Springdale bond election. Also on the ballot in Benton County is a bond refinancing in Highfill to pay for water system improvement by extending a 1 cent sales tax and a 3.9 mill increase in property tax in the Pea Ridge School District to build a new high school.

Voters will be required to state their name, address and date of birth. They will be asked for photo identification, but they aren’t required to show it.

In Benton County, early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 12 at the County Clerk’s offices in Bentonville, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Eligible voters may cast their ballots at any location.

In Washington County, early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 12 at the County Clerk’s office, 280 North College Ave., Fayetteville.

Source: Staff report

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Attorney Austin Lucas of Fayetteville talks Thursday to his client in a doorway outside of district court in Springd...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Public defender Rusty Hudson takes attendance Thursday at district court in Springdale.

Courtesy photo/DUVALL DECKER ARCHITECTS This artist rendering shows the proposed Springdale Municipal Complex officials wish to build should city vote...

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