PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Early voting on a temporary sales tax increase in Pine Bluff begins Tuesday.

The five-eighths cent increase would bring the sales tax to more than 10 percent in the city. Opponents of the measure are concerned the mix of public and private money involved will take away power from the people.

But supporters of Go Forward Pine Bluff are hoping the 7-year tax increase will help revitalize the city.

"People have been so proud of our initiatives and the issues we are going to address," said Ryan Watley with Go Forward Pine Bluff. "People wanted to jump on that wagon and say, 'Hey, how can I help?' So we've had overwhelming support in getting the word out, putting signs out, and answering a lot of questions that the public may have."

The group is organizing a "March to the Polls" event Tuesday where they will walk down Main Street to show support and hopefully rally voters.

Early voting starts on Tuesday, June 6 and voting begins on Tuesday, June 13.