Voters in Little Rock on Tuesday approved a plan to use a portion of the city's existing 2 percent restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for a renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.
Amid light turnout, the vote totals were:
- 5,183 or 74 percent FOR
- 1,800 or 26 percent AGAINST
The plan asked voters to dedicate a portion of the restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds to pay for up to $73.5 million in renovations. The music hall in downtown Little Rock was built in 1939 and hasn't had any major renovations.
The plan calls for a reconfiguration of the performance space, creating two tiers of balcony seats. The theater seats about 2,600 people now. The renovations would drop the seating capacity to 2,120.
The restaurant and hotel tax had been used for the construction of the Statehouse Convention Center, and those bonds are about to be retired.
Some in the city's restaurant industry were against the plan. Loca Luna/Red Door owner Mark Abernathy said there were "smarter and fairer" ways to fund the project.