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Fort Smith OKs special election for temporary tax increase

December 19, 2018

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Leaders in Fort Smith have approved a special election so voters can consider a temporary tax increase that would pay for the completion of the $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum.

The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted 6-1 on Tuesday to call an election for March 12, 2019. If approved, the 1 percent sales tax would be in effect from July 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, and generate an estimated $17 million for the museum, which is currently under construction.

The Southwest Times Record reports that the bulk of the money would go toward finishing the internal design of the museum and for exhibits.

The Marshals Museum has raised money from donors, but foundation President Jim Dunn has said more funding is needed to finish the project.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/