West Fork, nestled in the Ozark Mountains, is ten miles south of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a half-hour drive to the home offices of Wal-Mart and Tyson. West Fork is nearby to popular destinations such as the Crystal Bridges Museum, Beaver Lake, Devil's Den State Park with hiking and biking trails, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair. West Fork was founded in the 1880s on the banks of the West Fork of the White River. Founded by the timber industry, milling, and railroad commerce, our historic homes, parks, library, Farmers Market and community events preserve a small town feel in an area of rapid growth with a diverse and an expanding economy. Our beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery, mild four seasons, one of the best school districts in Arkansas, and opportunities for employment, recreation and higher education, make West Fork "Where the Best Begins".
We will have a Public Meeting at the West Fork Fire Station on Tuesday July 19 at 6:30 pm to discuss and answer questions about the One Cent Sales Tax ballot scheduled for August 9 Special Election.City employees were requested by me to:•Be prepared to respond to questions and concerns about how the sales tax will be used and budgeted in their departments and how it will impact our residents and the services we provide for West Fork citizens.•The discussions should center around the 1/4 cent for Police the 1/4 cent for fire and the 1/8 cent for general budget and needs in all departments.•The Capital expenditures will focus on the construction and remodel projects at the City Administration Building, Library, Community Center and Public Works Building.•I am asking our Architects, Bret and Stacey Park and our Public Finance Representatives Bo Bittle and Kevin Faught to be present for technical and finance questions that may be asked.This is our opportunity to discuss in detail how our one cent investment will add to the quality of life in West Fork.Thank you,Charlie Rossetti, Mayor
Trail Extension Almost Complete
The trail extension into our Riverside Park addition is nearly done. This will add another loop at the park and come out on Main Street and White St. A couple of Butterfly Gardens and benches will add nice features to enjoy. Visit our park. It's a great place to spend time, picnic, get some exercise or take a dip in the river.
Remember August 9, 2016 Election for 1¢ Sales Tax Increase
The revenue the city currently receives is insufficient to cover all the needs of the city. We are able to cover day to day needs but there is little money left to cover regular maintenance or replacement of computers, servers, heating and air units, and other large repairs. A 1 cent sales tax will help the city provide better services and facilities for its citizens.An additional increase for police, fire, and city administration (5/8 cent combined) will allow the departments to keep equipment, vehicles, safety equipment, facilities, and technology up to date and in good working order. It will also allow the City to increase reserves so that money is available when large maintenance costs occur.The additional 3/8 cent tax will be used to add-on, remodel, update, and expand the library, community center, current administration building, and a recently purchased building. The West Fork Library is a very busy building that serves not only city residents but large numbers of people that live in the surrounding rural areas. We are proposing an addition to the building to allow for more computer areas, book racks, and meeting spaces that can be used by the public. The community center serves our senior citizens on week days and is rented out most weekends for reunions, parties, and large gatherings. The building needs to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the bathrooms need updated, and the interior and exterior needs renewed. The community center is a great asset to our community. It is approximately 27 years old and is badly in need of these updates. The rental income earned on the building helps cover the cost of utilities and cleaning. We feel, with updates to the building, the building can attract additional rental income.The current city administration building was built in 1920 and turned into the city administration building in 1986. We currently operate 7 departments out of the building and are bursting at the seams. The building is not ADA compliant and is in need of updates and repairs. The city recently purchased the Old Arvest Bank building on Centennial Ave. and would like to remodel that building and move all the departments except the police and court to that location. That move would allow for extra office space for prosecutors and a judge’s office in the current administration building. Additionally, it would allow us to update the building to be ADA compliant, offer better security for city employees, and allow for future growth.An additional sales tax would put West Fork at one of the highest city tax rates in Northwest Arkansas. However, tax revenue is collected by anyone shopping in our town. West Fork serves many residents from the rural areas and people coming off the interstate for gas and food. With a 1 cent sales tax increase a $50 purchase would have an increase of $.50 cents for a total city tax of $1.50. City department heads and administration are very aware that many households in West Fork operate on a fixed income and people are reluctant to approve an increase in taxes. However, if you look at how many people, living outside the city limits, will be contributing to this tax and the benefit the city and citizens will receive we feel this increase will outweigh the minute increase seen during individual purchase.Kristie Drymon, Finance Director/Treasurer, City of West Fork