• Photo of River in Van Buren
  • Committee Members

  • Marketing Opportunities Guide

  • Marketing Opportunities Guide

  • Put your business front and center by sponsoring a Chamber event, annual program, or digital media.

    New network building events in 2022 include the Battle of the Business Bowling Tournament and the Local Lunch for restaurants.  BE PRO BE PROUD and Connecting Educators in Industry are focused on building the workforce pipeline for our community.  Also new this year are two annual program sponsorships, the Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Chamber Ambassadors, both focused on advocacy for a strong, business friendly climate in our community, county, and state. 

    Or promote your business utilizing the Chamber website, which received more than 145,000 visits in 2021. And don't forget the long running favorites; the Annual Meeting & Business Expo, the Golf Classic, Business After Hours, and the Arkansas Scholars Award Ceremony.

     

     

     

  • Voter Information

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  • Key Facts 

    • This is not a new tax.  It was originally approved by voters in 1999. 
    • It was approved by voters again in 2007 for eight years and in 2015 for another eight years which ends in 2023.
    • Since 1999, more than 125 million dollars has been collected and distributed to the county, and the cities per capita
    • Some of the programs that are partially funded by this sales tax include:
      • Fire Departments
      • Police Departments
      • Sheriff's Deparment
      • Department of Emergency Management
      • 911 Communications
      • County Roads
      • Coroner
      • CASA
      • CJS
      • Senior Inn
      • County Fair
      • Every city in the county
  • The Board of Directors of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce has issued a resolution of support for the renewal of the County sales tax. 

    You may read the resolution by clicking here. 

     

  • "The 9 rural fire department receive $262,100.00 annually. For several of the departments it is over 50% of their budget.  All of their other fund sources fluctuate, without this money they would not be able to provide the level of service our community has come to expect and more importantly lives would be lost." Eric Simpson, Rural Fire Coordinator

    "The one cent sales tax supplies many tax dollars to maintain and construct county roads.  Also allows operational funds to provide the necessary equipment needed for all maintenance and new construction.  The tax money collected allows the county road department to partner with other cities on smaller projects." Chris Keith, Crawford County Highway Department

    "The one cent county sales tax pays for everything in the General Fund, including salaries, senior inn expenses, library, utilities, all maintenance and utilities for City Hall and community buildings, dumpsters, etc.  Many more things…." Mayor Susan Wilson, City of Mountainburg

    "Sales tax provides 45% of total city budget, 80% of General Funds.  Could not operate Police department without it."  Mayor Mark Isenhower, City of Cedarville

    "Sales Tax is essential for Van Buren in so many ways.  In 2021, the Crawford County sales tax generated over $3.4 million for the city.  It funded the fire department, police department and capital improvements."
    Mayor Joe Hurst, City of Van Buren

    "Have used the sales tax to improve drainage throughout town.  Allowed them to give employees raises." Mayor Paul Brown, City of Dyer

    "Alma’s share of the one cent sales tax is a fourth of our budget.  Without the tax, we would lose police officers and would experience cutbacks in city services across the board." Mayor Jerry Martin, City of Alma

    "The sales tax has helped us to have matching funds for grants to fix our city park and restore our community building.  It has also helped us build a pavilion for a farmer’s market.  Chester has such a small population and has trouble just paying basic bills, but the sales tax enables us to do extra work on the streets and ditches and provide a little better standard of care."‚Äč Mayor Shannon Smith, City of Chester

    "Sales tax collection has helped the city pay the fire dues for everyone in the city limits.  Some of the citizens cannot afford the fee. So, coverage is good for everyone." Mayor James Jones, City of Rudy

     

  • Places to Vote

    For information on what is on the ballet, contact the Arkansas Secretary of State at 501-682-1010 or the Crawford County Clerks Office at 479-474-1312.