Crawford County residents will go to the polls this week to vote on the renewal of the 1-cent countywide sales tax.
Tuesday is the special election on the renewal of the tax, which is set to end Sept. 30. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Early voting is open at the Crawford County Emergency Operations Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crawford County’s 1-cent sales tax has been in place for 16 years and if approved, will be extended another eight years.
Crawford County collected nearly $6.4 million in tax revenue in 2014, with 45 percent - about $2.88 million - going to county services, said Treasurer Beverly Pyle.
Revenue from the tax is broken out per capita for every city in the county, and the unincorporated areas, which make up the county’s percentage.
Van Buren depends on the 36.79 percent of the tax it receives, which totalled about $2,345,000 in 2014, said Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman. Rural towns without their own city tax, such as Cedarville, Rudy and Chester, also rely on the county tax.
Crawford County Road Department receives 45 percent of the county’s tax portion after 5 percent is put in a reserve fund. Another 40 percent goes to Public Safety, and 15 percent goes to the General Revenue Fund.
A road department budget of the tax monies provided by Hall’s office shows that a majority of its total $1.2 million portion goes for road maintenance. Another $60,000 will be tied up in a construction project this year.
Public Safety will get nearly $1.1 million this year, distributed between the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Emergency Management, and rural fire departments.
Election precincts and poll site locations in Crawford County are:
They are Alma 1, Alma Public Library; Alma 2, Concord Baptist Church; Alma 3, Alma Fire Station at Rudy Road and Collum Lane; Alma 4, Alma School District Administration Building; Bidville and Locke, Old Locke School House; Cedar Creek, 88 Church; Cedarville and Cove City, Cedarville Public Library; Chester and Upper, Chester Community Building; Dean Springs, Dean Springs Fire Station; Dora, Dora Assembly of God Church; Dyer, Dyer Fire Station; Jasper and Figure Five, Figure Five Fire Station; Kibler, Kibler United Methodist Church; Lancaster, 71 Free Will Baptist Church; Lee Creek, Natural Dam Community Center; Mountainburg, Porter and Winfrey, Mountainburg Assembly of God Church.
And, Mulberry 1 and 2, Mulberry City Hall; Mulberry 3, American Legion Building No. 149. Oliver Springs, Freewill Baptist Church; Rudy, Rudy Community Building; Uniontown, Uniontown Baptist Church; VB 1-1, VB 2-1 and VB 3-2, Crawford County Emergency Operations Center; VB 1-2, Crawford County Extension Office; VB 1-3, Rena Road Church of Christ; VB 2-2, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ; VB 3-1, Van Buren Public Library; VB 3-3, New Life Pentecostal Church of God; VB 3-4, City Heights Methodist Church; VB 3-5, Living Word Baptist Church; VB 3-6, St. Michael’s Catholic Church; VB 4-1, Hope’s Creek Retirement Center; Vine Prairie, Vine Prairie Baptist Church; Whitley, Sheriff’s Youth Ranch; Eagle Crest, Fire Station No. 4.
Voters do not need photo identification to vote, but should bring some form of identification, said Crawford County Clerk Teresa Armer. Residents can call Armer’s office at (479) 474-1312 to confirm their precinct and poll location.