March 12 special election to decide U.S. Marshals Museum tax


Fort Smith voters will decide on March 12 whether or not there will be a nine-month, non-renewable, one-cent city sales tax to benefit the U.S. Marshals Museum.

The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted 6-1 at the regular board meeting Tuesday (Dec. 18) night to approve an ordinance calling for the special election. Director George Catsavis, Ward 4, voted against the ordinance.

The United States Marshals Museum Foundation will pay the city’s cost of the special election.

“With only $17 million left to raise, it’s time to ensure the USMM legacy is established as an anchor for economic development and impact in Fort Smith, as well as a hub for civic literacy across the city, the region, and the nation,” supporting documentation for the request stated. Construction of the museum formally launched in July.

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