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Election Day is today in Fayetteville's bond referendum

by Stacy Ryburn | April 9, 2019 at 1:00 a.m.
File photo/NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Suzie Jenkins casts her ballot Thursday while voting early in the city of Fayetteville's bond referendum inside the Washington County Clerk's Office at the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville. Early voting in Fayetteville's bond referendum wrapped Monday and voters can go to any of six polling sites to vote on Election Day today. Voters are being asked to continue the city's 1-cent sales tax to pay for about $226 million over 10 bond issues for various projects.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Election Day in the city's bond referendum is today.

Voters will decide whether they want to continue the city's 1-cent sales tax to pay for about $226 million in bonds for various projects. Early voting ended Monday with 1,729 residents casting ballots.

Vote centers

Residents registered to vote in the city will be able to cast ballots from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at any of the following locations. Voters must present a photo identification.

• 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

Source: Washington County Election Commission

The 10 questions as they appear on the ballot:

• Refinance outstanding bonds: $12.2 million

This would allow the city to pay off debt from the 2006 bond referendum and authorize the new bonds.

• Street improvements: $73.9 million

Projects such as improvements to U.S. 71B from Cato Springs Road to Lake Fayetteville, connecting Rupple Road from Tanyard Drive to Weir Road, citywide pavement maintenance and overlays, redoing Zion Road from Vantage Drive to Crossover Road, connecting Sain Street from Front Street to Joyce Boulevard, improvements to Arkansas 112 from Howard Nickell Road to Van Asche Drive, and about 20 others.

• Trails: $6.9 million

Would build about 10 miles of trails, including St. Paul Trail from the Razorback Greenway to Dead Horse Mountain Road; improvements at and near the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Interstate 49 interchange; Sublett Creek Trail from Mission Boulevard and North Street to Poplar Street; four others.

• Drainage: $15.8 million

Would address flooding issues in key areas, such as Missouri Creek near Rolling Hills Drive, Sunbridge Drive and College Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Razorback Road, Morningside Drive, and others.

• Parks: $26.4 million

Projects such as completing another phase of Kessler Mountain Regional Park, establishing a paddle park at the West Fork of the White River, improvements to Veterans Memorial and Lake Fayetteville parks, work at other community parks, nature attractions and a land acquisition fund to buy Lewis Park.

• Economic development: $3.2 million

This would create a fund to put toward public-private partnerships, lure investments and stimulate workforce development and job training programs in the city.

• City facilities: $3.2 million

City Hall, the police station on Rock Street, the parks building on Happy Hollow Road and the Town Center plaza all would undergo renovation.

• Cultural arts corridor and parking downtown: $31.7 million

Building a 3-acre civic gathering space to replace the parking lot at the corner of West Avenue and Dickson Street, turning the Fay Jones Parkland west of the library into a nature attraction, street improvements, and building a parking deck.

• Police headquarters and equipment: $37 million

Building a police headquarters at a location to be determined, plus a support building for vehicle storage and evidence and a new firing range.

• Fire stations and equipment: $15.8 million

Building three fire stations on the south, central and northwest parts of town, plus equipment.

NW News on 04/09/2019

Print Headline: Election Day today for city's bond issues


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