FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Unofficial results show that Sebastian County and Alma residents vote in favor for the proposed 1% sales tax continuances in an August 8 special election.
The results for the Sebastian County election show 75.56% of voters elected for the 1% sales tax continuance.
Unofficial results for the Alma sales tax continuance shows residents voted in favor for every bond issue on the ballot. Those bonds were street improvement bonds, park and recreational improvement bonds, fire department improvement bonds, police department improvement bonds, water improvement bonds and sewer improvement bonds.
The Crawford County Board of Election Commissioners will meet to certify the Alma results at 5 p.m. on August 18.
According to the city of Alma, the sales tax rate will not increase. The rate of taxation will not exceed 1% even if more than one project is approved.
The city says the tax will replace the existing 1% sales tax approved in 2014. The number of projects approved determines the sunset of the tax. Since all projects were approved, the tax is planned to sunset in 2035.