One Cent Sales Tax Extension Passed in Fayetteville

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Fayetteville voters have approved a one cent sales tax extension that will fund numerous city improvements as well as building a Cultural Arts Corridor and new police and fire stations.

Unofficial votes for all 48 precincts have been counted, and the results show that the bond issue and its many spending projects passed across the board.

The sales tax was first issued in 2006. City leaders sought the extension to fund $226,065,000 in projects.

Voters had 10 questions to vote on.

The first question, to refund the sales tax, passed 4,292 votes for (71 percent) to 1,732 votes against (29 percent).

The second question, to fund street improvements, passed 4,431 votes for (74 percent) to 1,584 votes against (26 percent) . Those improvements will cost $73,925,000.

The third question, to fund trail improvements, passed 3,856 votes for (64 percent) to 2,159 against (29 percent). Those improvements will cost $6,865,000.

The fourth question, to fund drainage improvements, passed 4,500 votes for (75 percent) to 1,515 against (29 percent). Those improvements will cost $15,840,000.

The fifth question, to fund park improvements, passed 4,119 votes for (68.5 percent) to 1,894 against (31.5 percent). Those improvements will cost $26,405,000.

The sixth question, to fund economic development, passed 3,683 votes for (63 percent) to 2,162 against (37 percent). Officials will spend $3,170,000 on economic development.

The seventh question, to fund city facilities improvements, which include city hall and the police station, passed 4,142 votes for (69 percent) to 1,871 against (31 percent). Those improvements will cost $3,170,000.

The eighth question, to fund building the Cultural Arts Corridor, passed 3,160 votes for (54 percent) to 2,711 against (46 percent). Construction cost for the corridor will be $31,685,000.

The ninth question, to fund the new police station, passed 4,245 votes for (71 percent) to 1,773 against (29 percent). Building a new station will cost $36,965,000.

The tenth question, to fund building three new fire stations, passed 4,771 votes for (79 percent) to 1,251 against (21 percent). The combined cost for building the three stations is estimated at $15,840,000.

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