Tax revenues decline, convention traffic declines, overall consumer spending declines, all combined means the Fort Smith convention center loses money.
Real simplistic view of a problem in Fort Smith. They have no money to pay for their convention center.
Apparently this convention center, which are supposed to make money like any other business, needs help.
In February the Board of Fort Smith proposed a prepared food tax of 1%.
It's a bad idea because the only people hurt will be A) restaurants who'll receive fewer patrons, b) servers who will get fewer tips.
It's also unfair because those who eat out will pay an unfair shar eof the upkeep.
Voters want a chance to have their voice heard. The taxpayers federation is taking the decision before a judge. All in all, sounds like a bad place to find money for a convention center....