I believe there should be no tax increases in the city without first submitting the matter to the vote of the people. Moreover, any referendum to approve a tax increase should be considered only on regular election days, and not special elections.
Unfortunately, Fayetteville has historically scheduled referendums for tax increases as special elections because it is universally understood that voter turnout is extremely low for special elections. This is a form of intentionally disenfranchising the electorate. If a project requires more of the tax payers' hard earned money, it should be brought to the electorate when the most voters will be voting, not when the fewest voters will be voting.
Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to be home of three Fortune 500 companies, including the largest corporation in the world (by revenue). Even though many of Fayetteville residents work in these large companies, we must not forget the difficulties faced by our existing and aspiring entrepreneurs. These are men and women who sometimes risk their entire life savings to bring an idea to fruition. When they succeed, they not only create jobs, but increase the tax base of the city of Fayetteville. For all small business, we must reevaluate city ordinances to make sure they are the least restrictive possible.