Early voting in a special election for a street improvement tax starts Tuesday and will be conducted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 13 at the Faulkner County Courthouse.
Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 14, at the McGee Center and the Don Owen Sports Complex.
Conway voters will decide whether to levy a three-eights of 1 percent (0.375 percent) sales and use tax that would generate around $5.1 million per year for five years and sunset on March 31, 2023.
If the tax passes, Mayor Bart Castleberry wants the revenue from it to be used on collector and arterial streets and the city’s state turnback funds to be used for neighborhood streets.
If the tax fails, Castleberry has said the city will "do the very best we can with $1.4 million," the current street maintenance budget.
Proponents of the tax say the city streets are in dire need of the improvements it would fund.
Opponents say they doubt the tax will cease in 2023 and that city officials should find another way to fund improvements.
If the tax passes, the city would start receiving the funds in April 2018. Street and Engineering Director Finley Vinson said the tax would raise around $2.5 million in 2018 that he recommends focusing on overlay projects including:
• 6th Street from Harkrider to First.
• Prince Street from Western to Parkway.
• Wasson Road from Stanley Russ to Mill Pond.
• Lower Ridge Road from Azalea to Longitude 92°23’16".
• Country Club Roadd from Latitude 35°05’14" to Dave Ward.
• East German Lane from Wills to Oak.
• Museum Road from Little Creek to Oak Street.
• Roundabout from Bruce to Farris.
• Tyler Street from Salem to Washington.
• North Donaghey Avenue from Washington to Tyler.
• Siebenmorgan Road ARDOT ROW to East German.
• Bob Courtway Drive from Little Creek to Oak.
• Exchange Avenue from Runway to Bronnie.
• Favre Lane from Salem to Donaghey.
For a complete list of proposed improvements with the tax, visit www.cityofconway.org.