Fort Smith Residents Cast Vote on U.S. Marshals Museum Sales Tax

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Fort Smith voters are at the polls Tuesday to decide on a sales tax proposal to fund part of the city’s new U.S. Marshals Museum.

Protesters stood along Grand Avenue Tuesday morning voicing their opposition.

The proposal seeks a nine-month, one-cent sales tax to pay for the galleries inside the building.

Funding for the actual construction of the museum has already been earmarked.

“Fort Smith doesn’t need to cut any more deals with special interest that are gonna line the pockets of a few and hurt the taxpayers of Fort Smith,” said Joey McCutchen with Transparency Group of Western Arkansas

A positive economic impact from increased tourism will come to the area after the museum is completed, said Alice Alt with the U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation.

Alt said Sebastian County will see between $13- 22 million in revenue the first year the museum is open. 

The museum is scheduled to open in the fall, according to its website.

Stay with FOX24 for results on the sales tax vote.

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