Marshals Museum official nixes idea for public event with those opposed to museum tax


Citing a concern about “disruptive behavior,” the U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation has declined an invitation to participate in a public discussion about a one-cent, nine-month sales tax to raise money for completion of the U.S. Marshals Museum.

Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen, founder of the Transparency in Government Group of Western Arkansas and part of an organized effort against the sales tax, sent Jim Dunn, president of the U.S.

The Fort Smith Board of Directors in December approved an ordinance for a March 12 election on the tax. Early voting begins March 5. The ordinance governing the special election for the sales tax requires that the tax is imposed for only nine months. The museum foundation will pay the city’s cost of the special election. If passed, the sales tax will raise around $16 million of the remaining $17 million needed to complete the museum. The museum has raised enough money to pay for the construction of the facility, which began in July 2018. The remaining funds are needed to build the exhibits and “experience” of the museum.

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