Early voting began Tuesday in Benton County for a special election that asks folks to help fund the construction of a $35 million courts building.
The tax issue proposes a countywide one-eighth of a cent sales tax that would last four and a half years.
That’s a cost of about 12-and-a-half cents in sales tax per $100 purchase.
Benton County is expected to generate $25 million from the sales tax to pay for the new courts facility in Downtown Bentonville.
“It has been pretty typical for a special election. We always start out pretty slow. I think it’ll pick up by the end of the week and through Monday,” said Betsy Harrell, Benton County clerk.
As of 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, 883 Benton County residents voted early. That’s roughly .5 percent of voters in Benton County, and the numbers are as expected, according to Benton County Election Commission personnel.
Early voting for the special election continues through Friday and resumes on Monday with polls open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
On election day next Tuesday, you can cast a ballot from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.