Apr 10, 2023 - Politics

What you should know before filling out May's special election ballot

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Special elections are coming up, and Monday is the final day to register to vote. Early voting starts May 2; Election Day is May 9.

Here's what you'll find on the ballot:


  • Four bond issues including $135 million for street improvements, $16.25 million for parks and recreation upgrades, $7.75 million for a new fire station and $16.25 million for a new senior center.
  • Extending a 1% sales tax to pay for the bonds.

Rogers and Bentonville school districts

  • A millage increase for NorthWest Arkansas Community College — from 2.6 mills to 3 mills.
  • The millage rate was 3 mills when voters first approved it in 1989 but decreased in 1997 and 2005 without voter approval because of a state law that automatically reduces an institution's mills when assessed property values rise. If approved, the school would receive about $1.8 million more a year.

Fayetteville School Board

  • Incumbent Keaton Smith vs. Heather Clouse

Springdale School Board

  • Incumbent Michelle McCaslin Cook vs. Donald Tippett

Pea Ridge School Board

  • Incumbent Adam Yager vs. Ryan Heckman

Siloam Springs School Board

  • Aric Berthold vs. Gary Wheat


  • An annual tax of $75 per residence and $200 per business for the Tontitown Volunteer Fire Department.


  • A $3.8 million bond issue to pay for a new community building and extending 0.625% sales tax to pay for the bond.

Beaver Lake Fire District

  • Increasing annual fees from $150 to $200.

Check your voter registration, polling places and sample ballot.


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