City of Fayetteville Special Election

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Election Day: April 9, 2019

Notice of Election

The Board of Election Commissioners of Washington County, Arkansas, pursuant to Arkansas Codes § 7-5-202, does hereby proclaim that a Special Election  will be held in the City of Fayetteville,  Washington County, Arkansas, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

To check your voter registration status and view a sample ballot go to www.voterview.org. Voters with address changes or questions related to voting eligibility, please call the County Clerk’s office at 444-1711 prior to Election Day.

Early Voting

Where  Washington County Clerk's Office, Suite 300
   280 North College, Fayetteville
 When  Tuesday, April 2nd to Friday, April 5th
   Monday, April 8th
 Hours  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Vote Center Locations

Vote Centers listed below will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All eligible voters in the City of Fayetteville will be able to cast their vote at any Vote Center listed below.

Vote Center  Address  City  Zip
 Central United Methodist  6 W. Dickson  Fayetteville  72701
 Covenant Church  4511 W. Wedington Dr  Fayetteville  72704
 Sang Avenue Baptist Church  1425 N. Sang Ave  Fayetteville  72703
 Sequoyah Methodist Church  1910 Old Wire Rd  Fayetteville  72701
 Shiloh Community Church  4262 W. Mt. Comfort Rd  Fayetteville  72704
 Trinity Fellowship  1100 Rolling Hills Dr  Fayetteville  72704

 

SPECIAL ELECTION ON CITY SALES AND USE TAX LEVY AND BOND ISSUANCE

Full text of Ordinance 6126
Upon approval of Question One at least one of the other Questions set forth below, and upon the issuance of the Refunding Bonds (defined in Question One), the City’s existing levy of a combined one percent (1.00%) sales and use tax (the “Prior Tax”) securing the Prior Bonds (defined in Question One) shall cease and such tax will be replaced by the one percent (1.00%) Sales and Use Tax (defined in Question One). Such Sales and Use Tax shall commence on and as of such date as provided in Arkansas law and shall cease upon retirement of all of the approved bonds. Unless Question One and at least one of the other Questions set forth below are approved, none of the bonds described below will be issued, the Sales and Use Tax will not be levied, and the Prior Tax will remain in place until payment in full of the Prior Bonds.
The bonds described below that are approved may be combined into a single issue or may be issued in series from time to time and may be issued on a tax-exempt or taxable basis. The net collections of the Sales and Use Tax remaining after the State of Arkansas deducts its administrative charges will be used solely to retire those bonds described below which are approved by the voters and obligations of the City with respect thereto.

 

Question One


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of refunding bonds in principal amount not to exceed $12,200,000 (the “Refunding Bonds”) pursuant to Title 14, Chapter 164, Subchapter 3 of the Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated (the “Local Government Bond Act”) for the purpose of refunding the City’s outstanding (i) Sales and Use Tax Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2006A, (ii) Sales and Use Tax Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2007, (iii) Sales and Use Tax Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2009, (iv) Sales and Use Tax Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2013, and (v) Sales and Use Tax Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2015 (collectively, the “Prior Bonds”). If the issuance of the Refunding Bonds is approved, the Refunding Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Refunding Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $12,200,000
AGAINST the issuance of Refunding Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $12,200,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 1

Question Two

There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $73,925,000 (the “Street Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of right-of-way acquisition, design, construction, reconstruction, repair, resurfacing, straightening and width modification of certain City streets, which may include related sidewalk, traffic signal and control, lighting, curbing, guttering, bicycle lane, landscaping, drainage and safety improvements and related curbside pedestrian facilities such as bus pickup structures and concrete waiting pads. If the issuance of the Street Improvement Bonds is approved, the Street Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Street Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $73,925,000
AGAINST the issuance of Street Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $73,925,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 2

Question Three


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $6,865,000 (the “Trail Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of design, construction, reconstruction, extension and equipping of certain City trail system improvements, which may include related pedestrian signal, lighting, landscaping, drainage and safety improvements and right-of-way acquisition. If the issuance of the Trail Improvement Bonds is approved, the Trail Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Trail Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $6,865,000
AGAINST the issuance of Trail Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $6,865,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 3

Question Four


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $15,840,000 (the “Drainage Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of the design, construction, reconstruction, repair, retrofit, extension, enlargement and equipping of certain drainage facilities, which may include land and easement acquisition and water quality features such as detention and retention basins and stream restoration. If the issuance of the Drainage Improvement Bonds is approved, the Drainage Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Drainage Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $15,840,000
AGAINST the issuance of Drainage Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $15,840,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 4

Question Five


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $26,405,000 (the “Park Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of acquisition, design, construction and equipping of certain regional park and other parks system improvements, which may include athletic fields and facilities, playgrounds, pools and splash pads, trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and pavilions, land acquisition, open space preservation and other recreational facilities and support facilities, such as restrooms and parking. If the issuance of the Park Improvement Bonds is approved, the Park Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Park Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $26,405,000
AGAINST the issuance of Park Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $26,405,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 5

Question Six


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $3,170,000 (the “Economic Development Project Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of acquisition, design, construction and equipping of certain economic development projects, which may include land acquisition, site development and infrastructure useful in the development, retention or expansion of manufacturing, production and industrial facilities, research, technology and development facilities, distribution centers, call centers, warehouse facilities, job training facilities or regional or national corporate headquarters facilities. If the issuance of the Economic Development Project Bonds is approved, the Economic Development Project Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Economic Development Project Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $3,170,000
AGAINST the issuance of Economic Development Project Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $3,170,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 6

Question Seven


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $3,170,000 (the “City Facilities Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of renovating and refurbishing certain City buildings and grounds, which may include building envelope and roof improvements, window replacement, insulation, lighting and HVAC system upgrades and certain renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. If the issuance of the City Facilities Improvement Bonds is approved, the City Facilities Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of City Facilities Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $3,170,000
AGAINST the issuance of City Facilities Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $3,170,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 7
Question Eight

There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas (the “City”), the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $31,685,000 (the “Arts Corridor Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of acquisition, design, construction and equipping of certain Cultural Arts Corridor improvements, within or near an area bordered by Dickson Street on the north, School Avenue on the east, Prairie Street on the south, and Gregg Avenue on the west, and which may include street, sidewalk, boardwalk, trail, pedestrian signal and control, bicycle facilities, curbing, guttering, drainage, lighting and landscaping improvements, plaza, civic and performance space, art installations, overlooks, stream restoration, pavilions, structure and other buildings, new and/or replacement parking facilities, and land and easement acquisition. Prior to the removal or loss of twenty-five (25) or more public parking spaces from the Walton Arts Center Parking Lot, a/k/a West Avenue Parking Lot, due to any development of or construction on such lot related to the Cultural Arts Corridor, the City must ensure the availability of sufficient net new public parking spaces to fully replace all public parking spaces removed, lost or likely to be removed or lost within the near future from the Walton Arts Center Parking Lot and not planned to be promptly replaced below, upon or above the current parking area. These replacement public parking spaces must be within reasonable proximity to the Walton Arts Center which would include any public parking deck spaces at the City’s School Avenue Parking Lot or on the currently privately owned land north of Dickson Street, west of West Avenue, east of the railroad tracks and south of Lafayette or on any other parking lot or facility in which all replacement parking spaces are within one thousand (1,000) feet of the Walton Arts Center’s west public entrance. If the issuance of the Arts Corridor Improvement Bonds is approved, the Arts Corridor Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Arts Corridor Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $31,685,000
AGAINST the issuance of Arts Corridor Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $31,685,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 8

Question Nine


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $36,965,000 (the “Police Facilities Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of certain police station design, construction and improvements, which may include land acquisition, and the acquisition of police equipment. If the issuance of the Police Facilities Improvement Bonds is approved, the Police Facilities Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Police Facilities Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $36,965,000
AGAINST the issuance of Police Facilities Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $36,965,000

Sample Ballot Image Question 9

Question Ten


There is submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the question of the issuance of capital improvement bonds in principal amount not to exceed $15,840,000 (the “Firefighting Facilities Improvement Bonds”) pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (as defined in Question One) for the purpose of financing all or a portion of the costs of certain fire station design and construction, which may include land acquisition, and the acquisition of firefighting vehicles and equipment. If the issuance of the Firefighting Facilities Improvement Bonds is approved, the Firefighting Facilities Improvement Bonds shall be secured by a pledge of and lien upon all of the receipts of a special citywide sales and use tax at the rate of one percent (1.00%) levied pursuant to the Local Government Bond Act (the “Sales and Use Tax”).

FOR the issuance of Firefighting Facilities Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $15,840,000
AGAINST the issuance of Firefighting Facilities Improvement Bonds in principal amount not to exceed $15,840,000

Sample Ballot Image 10

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A list of appointed election officials and deputy county clerks hired to conduct Early Voting and Election Day voting can be found in the County Clerk’s Office, Room 300, in the Washington County Courthouse. The list will be available: March 18, 2019. An objection to any individual’s service as an election official shall be made in writing within ten (calendar) days after the posting of the list and submitted to the Washington County Election Commission or the County Clerk. That deadline is March 28, 2019.

The ballot and the election results, when available, may be viewed at: www.co.washington.ar.us/government/departments-a-e/election-commission

Absentee ballot outer envelopes will be opened and processed in Room 115 of the Washington County Courthouse on: April 8, 2019 from 9:00 to 12:00 and April 9, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. Absentee inner ballot secrecy envelopes will be opened on Election Day (April 9th) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 115. The absentee and early ballots will be tabulated beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115 of the Washington County Courthouse. Results will not be released until after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. A.C.A. § §7-5-416(a) (5) (d)

Election Day Ballots, after the polls close at 7:30, will be counted in Room 115 of the Washington County Courthouse.

Physically disabled voters who experience difficulty at a polling site may request assistance from the location’s supervisor or call 444-1766.

Washington County Election Commission

Renée Oelschlaeger, Chairman

Bill Ackerman, Commissioner

Max Deitchler, Commissioner