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Fort Smith, AR

Why Is the FS Convention Center Allowed to Lose So Much?

Question, Which is the Highest: Salary Packages at the Convention Center at $798,000 Total 2013 Generated Revenue by Convention Center at $651,157 If you said Salary Packages are higher than the TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUE, you are correct. Salary packages are $146,843 higher than Total Revenue.. Total Expenses at the Convention Center were $1,507,000 for 2013, meaning that the hardworking taxpayers saw $855,000 of their hard earned money go to subsidize the convention center. Mayor Sanders has allowed this to go on his entire time on the job, but really, don't you think the city should be able to spend $855,000 more efficiently than on huge salary packages and waste?  (Jan 31, 2014 | post #1)

Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith Convention Center sees revenue rise in 2013

The taxpayers subsidized $855,000 to the convention center last year, with the largest single expense the huge salary packages, which Mayor Sanders refuses to do anything about. That is $855,000 that could be better spend in our community.  (Jan 31, 2014 | post #4)

Fort Smith, AR

Womack's bill to cost Arkansans $114 Million

Jake Files, George McGill, Stephanie Malone, Bruce Holland, all voted last month to use $43 million of taxpayers money to subsidize the teachers healthcare premiums. Well these people should receive all kinds of PAC money for their next election campaign. Sorry if you are self-employed or a small business owner, you are shit out of luck, no one represents you. What's the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats? Nothing... because of SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS  (Dec 3, 2013 | post #2)

Fort Smith, AR

Did you vote today?

What is obvious to me and what should be obvious to all in your statement about the top 10% accounts for 71.2% of the wealth is the old time proven rule............20% do 80% of the work, apparently holds true in wealth as well.  (Nov 23, 2013 | post #28056)

Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith 2014 budget cut proposal presented

I thought I had included the cost for the other wo comparable Arkansas cities. Fort Smith, pop 87,443, police budget cost $195.57 per citizen. Fayetteville, pop 77,142, police budget cost $162.86 per person Jonesboro, pop 70,187, police budget cost $138.11 per person. Fort Smith has the lowest median annual household income of the three cities. Fort Smith has the highest trash and water/sewer costs. Why does city leaders always decide to raise taxation and fees rather than address the real problems?  (Nov 23, 2013 | post #6)

Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith 2014 budget cut proposal presented

And of course, now the City Directors, City Administrator and the Mayor are prepping Fort Smith taxpayers for an increase in Franchise Taxes and increased Liquor licenses and fees. These fees will add to the cost of electric, gas, telephone and TV costs and the additional liquor licenses and fees will only add costs to these products. Are you beginning to see why Fort Smith was rated #6 in Miserable Cities in the nation. This is in response to the Fraternal Order of Police asking for more money. First, check to see which cities in comparable sized Arkansas cities have the highest cost for police and fire protection. My question has to be, why throw more money at something that isn't working rather than address the real problem?  (Nov 23, 2013 | post #4)

Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith 2014 budget cut proposal presented

Great Blog! Questions one certainly won't find on the TCW, local paper or TV. Of course everyone knows how I feel about the constant bailout of a privately owned Ferris wheel. Or why the Mayor continues to allow salary packages at the convention center to exceed the total annual revenue, not to mention the operating losses. Of course Fort Smith has a Mayor's office and then has a City Administrator's office. These two offices double the administration costs. All NWA cities and Jonesboro has one office, the Office of Mayor, no city administrator. Check online how Fort Smith compares with Fayetteville and Jonesboro administration costs. Check the online budgets of Fayetteville and Jonesboro, see how much more per person Fort Smith costs for police protection and fire protection, crazy. limit non-profits to under-privileged kids and allow private money to support non-essential non-profits. Spend less taxpayers money on privately owned riverfront and allowed the owners to develop as market opportunities are presented.  (Nov 23, 2013 | post #3)

Fort Smith, AR

Visions and Hallucinations

I absolutely agree with your assessment. Presently Fort Smith Directors are prepping us for a increased franchise tax and liquor tax to supplement the police budget. Fort Smith Police already has the largest police budget when compared to the next two largest Arkansas cities. Fayetteville and Jonesboro are growing a lot faster than Fort Smith in growth. Both spend less per person on their police dept and Fort Smith is larger. Fort Smith Police Dept budget for 2013 costs $195.57 per person. Fayetteville police dept costs $162.86 per person. Jonesboro costs is $138.11 per person. Whether it is bailing out a privately owned Ferris wheel, a non-profit, or allowing salary packages at the convention center to exceed revenues and losses being huge, our leaders prefer to throw more money at problems rather than take corrective action. This gets expensive for the average working class and retired folks.  (Nov 21, 2013 | post #2)

Fort Smith, AR

fort smith board pf directors

Personally, I would prefer the same form of government all NWA cities have along with Jonesboro, a strong mayor form of government. 1. With strong mayor form of government, tax dollars are spent more efficiently. First, it would eliminate one huge budget, either a huge mayor's spending budget or a huge City Administrators office budget. 2. Unlike our present City Administrator form of government, under a strong mayor form of government, someone, the mayor, is accountable to the voters for his/hers performance and the performance of department heads within the city structure. Just one man's opinion.  (Nov 6, 2013 | post #2)

Fort Smith, AR

Chief LInsey's Police Department (fort smith)

red jacket, Comparing the 2013 budget for Fort Smith and Fayetteville, shows a Tale of Two Cities, it was the best of time and the worst of times. Population 2012: Fayetteville: 77,142...growth rate since 2000, 32% Fort Smith: 87,443.....growth rate since 2000, 8% and FS is 13% Larger than Fayetteville Total Fay PD personnel: 171 Total FS PD personnel: 222 FS, FSPD is 29% Larger Total Fay PD Budget: $12,563,883 Total FS PD Budget: $17,101,250...FSPD has a 36% Larger Budget Crime Rate by City.data.com 2011 Fayetteville: 313.4 Fort Smith: 461.8 National Average 319.1 Fayetteville's crime rate is lower than national average Now, as far as the Convention Center goes, total revenue through September $396,506. That is about half what the total salary packages paid through the same period. Total Salaries and Operating Expenses through September at the CC is $1,035,819.20 for a total loss of $639,313.20. This happens when the median household income of the people paying the bill, (the working taxpayers), have a household income of $33,846 per year. How the taxpayers allow this to go on year after year is troubling to me.  (Nov 3, 2013 | post #141)

Fort Smith, AR

Additional taxes

501c(3)'s losing their tax exempt status would be a giant step forward for the average working taxpayer.  (Oct 27, 2013 | post #3)

Fort Smith, AR

Bait & Switch:Front Scam on the Riverfront

The city of Bentonville changed its entire persona and infrastructure at their town square because of all the tourists coming from all the world to visit Sam Walton's Museum and the Crystal Bridges Musesum which is not a part of the town square. The city of Fort Smith and the directors have forced 3 water and sewer rate increases to provide utilities to 60 acres of private riverfront property. Huge difference.  (Sep 17, 2013 | post #27)

Fort Smith, AR

Bait & Switch:Front Scam on the Riverfront

step by step, From the parking lots to landscaping, it was all part of the $800,000,000 she spent, not the city. You only wish you had the same integrity as those who pay their own way, but you don't. Provide one source showing other wise or just go back to the directors and ask for more funding, they don't care about how little the working couples have here in FS.  (Sep 17, 2013 | post #22)

Fort Smith, AR

Bait & Switch:Front Scam on the Riverfront

step by step, Sure Crystal Bridges could have been built anywhere. But it was built in Bentonville with $800,000,000 of private funding, no huge concessions or help from the city, only support. It was a way of giving back to a city that had been supportive of a family and a corporation, but you wouldn't understand that concept. All you understand is a crony collectivist culture, forcing and obligating working people to fund non-performance and waste for cronies, whether a market exists or not.  (Sep 16, 2013 | post #20)