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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • JPs lend formal support to tax; Call for voters to support economic development money

  • The Clark County Quorum Court unanimously approved a resolution Monday to endorse the continuation of the economic development tax.
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  • The Clark County Quorum Court unanimously approved a resolution Monday to endorse the continuation of the economic development tax.
    The resolution, presented by Justice Sherry Kelley, states that the tax was voted on in 2007.
    It further states that the members of the Clark County Quorum Court support the continuation of the tax and "the Clark County Quorum Court asks all citizens to support the continuation of the sales and use tax for economic development."
    According to the resolution, more than 500 new jobs have been created or are scheduled to be created because of the tax. In addition, more than 800 jobs have been retained in connection with expansions or new business locations assisted by the tax.
    "Those projects have brought or will bring more than $40 million in private investment as well as $10 million in other public investment into Clark County from the state and federal governments," the resolution states.
    Justices also had the second reading of an ordinance that calls for an election to extend the one-half cent sales tax currently being collected and earmarked for economic development.  If approved, the tax would be extended through 2021.
    The tax is expected to be placed on the ballot for a special election to be held on March 11, 2014.
    Other items addressed during Monday's meeting:
    • Justices took no action Monday to amend an ordinance pertaining to the rules and procedures for preparing the agenda for regular quorum court meetings.
    • Justices approved compensatory time payment for deputies in the Clark County Sheriff's Department.
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