2019 Bond Information
“We have paid the sales tax down to the point that we can now finance, without raising taxes, another round of funding for the City’s infrastructure projects to meet our growth. The last time the people authorized the Sales and Use Tax Revenue was in 2006, for $110 million. Today, for the same penny tax, we will get approximately $226 million worth of projects.”
---Mayor Lioneld Jordan
Thank you to the residents of Fayetteville, who voted in favor of all ten of the proposed bond initiatives!
Watch this space in the weeks ahead, as we will build pages for each project to keep the public informed of its progress.
- The City Council will have to approve the issuing of the individual bond for each project that the voters approved.
- The figures for each project below are stated as maximums. Actual amounts may be lower, depending on financing and interest rates available at the time the bonds are issued.
1. Refinancing of the current outstanding sales tax bonds – not to exceed $12.2 million. PASSED
2. Transportation Improvement Projects - not to exceed $73,925,000. PASSED
Transportation improvement projects have been prioritized from public input during the Fayetteville Mobility Plan process and proposed through staff reports to the Transportation Committee. Transportation projects below include features, where appropriate, such as traffic capacity, sidewalk, transit, and bicycle facilities enhancements. View the details of the potential projects related to this bond question on the GIS map here.
Improvements to the following corridors:
- Completion of the last missing segment of N. Rupple Road for the Mayor’s Box, and improvements to other sections, including the intersection of Howard Nickell Road and Highway 112
- Zion Road: from N. Vantage Drive to N. Crossover Road (Highway 265)
- N. Porter Road, W. Deane Street, and W. Sycamore Street: from I-49 to N. College Avenue
- North Street and Mission Boulevard (Highway 45): from N. Garland Avenue to Old Wire Road
- Improvements to Highway 71B, to implement the recommendations from the Highway 71B Corridor Plan currently in progress
- Maple Street Cycle Track construction through the UA campus
- W. 15th Street and Razorback Road
- Millsap Road and N. College Avenue
- Intersection signalization at four to five additional locations (to be determined)
Structural and system improvements to include:
- Hardware and software upgrades for the traffic signal network, to make it easier to respond to changing traffic conditions, and to connect to future connected vehicle technology
- Accelerated pavement overlay and pavement management programs
Pedestrian-focused improvements to include:
- Downtown area sidewalk improvements, to include additional lighting, wider sidewalks, removal of obstructions, improved street crossings, and other pedestrian improvements
- Transit stop amenities and safety upgrades
3. Trail Improvement Projects - not to exceed $6,865,000. PASSED
As part of the City’s growing pedestrian and cycling network, trail and bicycle system improvements are listed below. View the details of the potential projects related to this bond question on the GIS map here.
- Completion of the Tsa La Gi Trail
- Sublett Creek Trail: connecting areas near E. North Street and Mission Boulevard, through Evelyn Hills Shopping Center area, to N. College Avenue at E. Poplar Street near Woodland School
- Extension of the St. Paul Trail to the proposed paddle park at Pump Station Road, across the West Fork of the White River, and connecting with neighborhoods east of the river
- Shiloh Trail, Moore Lane to Centennial Park
- Shiloh Trail South, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Regional Park
- Shiloh Trail, Centennial Park to MLK / Old Farmington Road
- Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / I-49 interchange trail improvements, Tsa La Gi Trail to One Mile Road
- Hamestring Trail Bridge at Woodridge Drive
4. Drainage Improvement Projects - not to exceed $15,840,000. PASSED
The drainage improvement plan was developed in 2018 after the major flooding event in April of 2017. Based on flooding that was reported across the city, over 100 projects ranging in size were identified. Possible projects are listed below. View the details of the potential projects related to this bond question on the GIS map here.
- Little Missouri Creek / Rolling Hills area (near Old Missouri Road and Mud Creek Trail)
- Sunbridge Drive and N. College Avenue area
- Elmhurst Avenue and McClinton Street area
- Miscellaneous smaller projects TBD
- Upper Scull Creek Phase II
- S. River Meadows / Cherry Hills area
- N. Boxwood Dr. and N. Ashbrook Dr.
- Eastern Avenue Long Term: S. Eastern AVe.; W. Main Street; S. Lewis Ave.; W. Stone St.
- Linda Jo Place
- Niokaska Creek Stream Restoration near N. Ashbrook Dr.
- Scull Creek Stream Restoration near N. Sandpiper Dr.
- Floodplain Buyout/Elevation
- W. Homespun Dr.
- N. Palmer Avenue from W. Center to W. Markham
5. Park Improvement Projects - not to exceed $26,405,000. PASSED
This investment into our regional and community parks will fund new features and land acquisition, some possible projects include:
- Completion of the Kessler Mountain Regional Park baseball complex
- Improvements at Lake Fayetteville
- Camping amenities at Lake Sequoyah Park
- Enhancements to the Community Parks, including the Yvonne Richardson Community Center
- A paddle park on the West Fork of the White River, and
- Acquisition of future park land to include a partnership with the Fayetteville Public Schools for purchase of Lewis Fields
- Improvements to Centennial Park at Millsaps Mountain
The Parks and Recreation Department is in the middle of creating the next 10-year master plan. Approximately 1,600 residents have participated so far. Check out what's being planned... IMAGINE Tomorrow's Parks.
6. Economic Development Projects -not to exceed $3,170,000. PASSED
Workforce Development is top priority for this fund, ensuring that Fayetteville has the highly skilled workforce needed as our City grows. Other possible projects could include enhancing the City’s incentive program for recruiting new businesses. This could mean fostering public/private partnerships through land acquisition, site development, and improving infrastructure. Learn more about the City's Workforce Development Plan here.
7. City Facilities Improvements - not to exceed $3,170,000. PASSED
This will create more efficient working spaces and energy use, continuing the internal implementation of our City’s Energy Action Plan as a role model for other cities to follow. With this investment, we will stay ahead of call volumes and response times to provide services to our residents and keep them safe while they enjoy the amenities of our beautiful City.
- Remodeling of City Hall
- Renovation of the current police facility for other uses if a new facility is approved
- Renovation of Parks current facility
8. Construction of an Arts Corridor (including potential new or replacement parking facilities) -
not to exceed $31,685,000. PASSED
The Cultural Arts Corridor is a considerable investment in our City’s economic development that will transform the downtown area into a destination experience for residents and tourists. The Cultural Arts Corridor is a public investment on public land for public use. The Corridor will create a community hub for large and small performances, festivals, visual arts, and so much more. It will be a catalyst for additional shopping and eating in the downtown area, while also increasing bike trails and connections, improving streets and walkability, and including new or replacement parking facilities.
The Cultural Arts Corridor project will ultimately put our community’s cultural values on display for generations to come. It will celebrate our local arts culture; preserve the environment, urban forest, and watershed; and create accessible and enjoyable gathering spaces in central Fayetteville for residents and visitors.
Some features include: public art, streetscaping, enhanced pedestrian paths, gathering spaces that integrate the natural landscape with the urban, preserved ecosystems of streams and trees in the heart of downtown, and parking facilities.
9. Police Facilities Improvements - not to exceed $36,965,000. PASSED
This will fund a new police headquarters building that will provide the capacity for public safety to keep up with our growing city. The new facility will be a campus concept including three buildings: one for the main police department, housing all personnel; another for training, with vehicle and evidence storage; and finally, an indoor pistol and rifle firing range. This campus concept will increase the efficiency and operational readiness of the police department, which in turn will improve safety, service, and accessibility to our citizens.
A New Facility Will Address Critical Space Needs
- The current facility is beyond capacity to accommodate current staffing levels. There is no further capacity for growth in the current location, either for personnel or storage, and the number of personnel has nearly doubled in that time.
- There is limited public and handicap accessibility in the current space. The new facilities will be fully ADA accessible to all residents.
- The department’s current firing range was built in the early 1960s on a former water treatment facility, which regularly floods in heavy rains, making the range unusable. Although we are currently working with Washington County Sheriff's Office to use their handgun range, our department’s access is limited, and the county’s range is restricted to handgun practice only. The new facility will allow for long-gun training for all officers in a safe, enclosed environment.
- The new facility will include adequate space to host self-defense classes, tactical training, or de-escalation of force training to officers and the public.
- There is inadequate storage, and no room left for expansions.
- A new facility will greatly expand available space for evidence processing.
- Both men’s and women’s locker rooms are at or beyond capacity. As our force expands to match population growth, the new facility will offer plenty of space for both male and female personnel.
Space Study Facts Since 1993
The Fayetteville Police Department has renovated and expanded their current facility as much as possible since 1993, with no further room for growth. Facilities Needs Assessments have recommended new facilities, specifically designed to meet the needs of a growing population and police force.
- In July 1993 the Fayetteville Police Department moved into the current police facility, a former JC Penney Automotive building retrofitted to house both police and courts.
- In 2005, Wilson Estes Police Architects, PA, completed a Facilities Need Assessment recommending the City build a 64,065 square-foot police department.
- In 2010, FPD renovated the approximate 3,000sf of vacated court building space for a detective division; this enabled the men’s locker room to be expanded and 53 lockers were added, maximizing the use of the current facility.
- In 2018, City Council approved for Dewberry Architects to review and refresh the 2005 Wilson Estes study with a twenty-year projection. The study found that the existing facilities were undersized and outdated, poorly configured to adequately facilitate the current space needs of staff, and that the aged building systems were nearing the end of their useful life. The study recommended a new campus with facilities of 79,635 square feet. (55,000sf police building, 13,000sf support building, and 11,100sf firing range).
10. Firefighting Facilities Improvements - not to exceed $15,840,000. PASSED
This investment will provide three additional fire stations and apparatus to support ongoing growth for fire and emergency response. The city analyzes call history and historical response time data using our GIS. The industry standard for response time is 6 minutes, with 4 minutes allotted for travel time 90% of the time. The analyses show that if additional fire stations can be placed in the most optimal locations, parts of the city could see a minute decrease in response times, which could have a critical impact for lives and property.
The new Fire Stations will be staffed with existing personnel and fire companies. The stations will be positioned in the south, northwest, and central areas of the City for quicker response to those areas. In addition, the Fire Department will replace two fire engines and a ladder truck to complete the apparatus replacement program.