August 10 Special Election: Sales Tax Extension

The City of Fayetteville will hold a special election on August 10, 2021, on the question of a proposed extension of the current one percent local Sales and Use Tax within the City of Fayetteville from its current expiration date of June 20, 2023, to a new expiration date of June 30, 2033.

Note: Early Voting begins August 3 at the Washington County Courthouse.

What is the money used for?

The current 1% sales and use tax provides substantial funds to support the Fire Department, Police Department, Community Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department as well as all other General Governmental Departments and the Fayetteville Public Library.

  • The City's 1% sales and use tax generates approximately $22.5 million annually.
  • Of that $22.5 million, approximately $13.5 million goes to General Fund operations and approximately $9 million goes to the Sales Tax Capital fund. 

Click here to view an overview of potential impacts of the loss of the 1% sales and use tax income to the City of Fayetteville (pdf). This information is extracted from the presentation given to City Council by the City's Finance Director on May 25, 2021.  Click here to view the full presentation.

History of the Sales Tax and Extensions

  • The current one percent Sales and Use Tax was originally enacted by the City Council and approved by the voters in 1993. 
  • Reenacted by the City Council on June 4, 2002 and approved by the voters on July 23, 2002.
  • Reenacted by the City Council on August 2, 2011, and approved by the voters on October 11, 2011.