CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION

 

AGENDA TITLEAdopt a Resolution to make a request upon the Miller County Quorum Court that it, pursuant to Ark. Code Ann Sec. 26-25-106, authorize inclusion of an option on all future tax county statements whereby property owners may elect to make a voluntary contribution in the amount of $10.00 to the City of Texarkana Arkansas.  (ADMIN)

 

AGENDA DATE:  05/01/2017

ITEM#:  8C

DEPARTMENT: Administration

DATE SUBMITTED:  04/19/2017

PREPARED BY:  Administration

SUBJECT: requesting the Quorum Court of Miller County, Arkansas, for the levy of an annual Voluntary Contribution in the amount of $10.00 per tax statement issued by Miller County, Arkansas (either as a whole, or upon those statements issued to City taxpayers), for the benefit of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas.

EXHIBITS:  Resolution

APPROVAL: 

EXPENSE REQUIRED: $0.00

AMOUNT BUDGETED: $0.00

APPROPRIATION REQUIRED:  $0.00

SUMMARY:  This resolution is requesting the Quorum Court of Miller County, Arkansas, for the levy of an annual Voluntary Contribution in the amount of $10.00 per tax statement issued by Miller County, Arkansas (either as a whole, or upon those statements issued to City taxpayers), for the benefit of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, with collections of the same being paid to the City for the purpose of use by the City as general operating funds of the City.

 

BOARD ACTION:  The City Manager and staff recommend approval.

 

RESOLUTION NO. _______

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §26-25-101, et seq., and, in particular, Ark. Code Ann. §26-25-106, a mechanism exists by which county property tax statements may contain an option for property owners to make a voluntary contribution for a purpose designated; and

WHEREAS, although the statute refers to such action as a “voluntary tax,” such action is not a levy of a mandatory tax and any taxpayer contribution in such regard is solely within the discretion of the taxpayer; and

WHEREAS, the Arkansas Attorney General, in Opinion No. 94-003, opined that a voluntary tax may be established by ordinance adopted by a county’s quorum court; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has determined that it is beneficial and in the best interests of the City that Miller County property tax statements hereafter include, on each statement issued, a voluntary contribution option in the amount of $10.00 (the “Voluntary Contribution”) for the benefit of the general operating fund of the City and, accordingly, that request be made of Miller County for enactment of such Voluntary Contribution option;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, that, for the reasons herein contained, request is made of the Quorum Court of Miller County, Arkansas, for the levy of an annual Voluntary Contribution in the amount of $10.00 per tax statement issued by Miller County, Arkansas (either as a whole, or upon those statements issued to City taxpayers), for the benefit of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, with collections of the same being paid to the City for the purpose of use by the City as general operating funds of the City.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 1st day of May 2017.

 

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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk

 

APPROVED:

 

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George M. Matteson, City Attorney







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