Benton County Special Election Underway

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BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA) –People who live in  Benton County are voting for or against a one-eighth cent sales tax Tuesday to fund a new courts facility in downtown Bentonville.

To break it down, that’s about 12 cents per $100 spent.

Officials say that as of 5:15 Tuesday, 3,743 voters came out and casted their ballots.

That’s about five percent of the voting population.

Fox 24 has talked to a couple of judges in the county who say this courthouse is necessary to provide safety and security for the public.

But, it comes with a $35 million price tag.

The county hopes to raise $25 million of that with this temporary tax, lasting four and a half years.

The other $10 million will be funded with existing county funds.

Benton County Judge Barry Moerhing said this is the lowest incremental tax possible.

“No doubt it’s a new tax, and people are certainly concerned about that, but this is a badly needed facility for all of Benton County,” said Moerhing.

Moering says the money from the tax will also provide for more parking downtown.

Polling locations close Tuesday tonight at 7:30.

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