The Drew County Quorum Court called a special meeting, Tuesday night, to discuss the proposed continuation of the county’s one cent road tax, which will be set for July 9.
The main discussion topics were whether to designate a 75/25 or 80/20 split to be designated for the Quorum Court to be able to direct to shortfalls in other budget areas, would thee be a better chance of voter passage if it were divided into two questions, and should the proposed continuation should be for 4 or 6 years.
An Ordinance for the renewal of the 1% Sales and Use Tax, Ordinance 2013-3, and Ordinance 2013-4, an Ordinance to call a special election to vote on the Sales and Use tax, was presented to the Quorum Court for discussion by Attorney Cliff Gibson. This Ordinance is for the purpose of renewing the 1% sales tax that has been enacted in Drew County for a number of years.
At Monday’s Quorum Court meeting, Judge Robert Akin brought up the matter of what to do about the tree on the north side of the courthouse. There is concern that the tree will cause foundation damage to the courthouse, and one recommendation was that the tree be removed.
The Discovery Skills Center Consumers dressed up blue bulbs as a community service project for the Child`s Voice Autism Foundation. Theses bulbs will be used for the “Light it up blue” Autism awareness event coming in April. Please, remember those dealing with autism by supporting the Child`s Voice foundation during this April event.
The Drew County Assessor’s office would like to remind all taxpayers that own personal property to assess prior to May 31, 2013. Taxpayers can do this by visiting the Drew County Assessor’s office located at 210 S Main ST, assess over the phone by calling 870-460-6240 or assess online by visiting www.drewcountyassessor.com or at www.actdatascout.com Online assessing is available 24/7 for those who do not have time to make arrangements for assessing during normal business hours – 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Greetings! We have finished the ninth week of the regular session and, in a way, it has been a “barnburner”!! Governor Beebe has signed a total of 427 bills into law and, thankfully, Monday was the last day to file new bills. On that day alone well over 500 bills were filed!
I hope you are enjoying our little tour of the Drew County Museum and will come take a look for yourself soon!! We’ll begin our journey this week in the room that now serves as the museum’s office. Along the north and east walls of that first-floor room four unique oil paintings are hanging. The first is an aesthetic rendition of the old Selma United Methodist Church. The church is one of the most recognized sites in Drew County, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been lovingly restored in recent years. The soft, yet bright colors in the painting give the scene a pastoral quality. The painting is the work of Jerry Swope, an art teacher at Monticello High School in the 1970’s. Mr. Swope has since moved from Monticello, but left fond memories with his many friends, and this beautiful piece of art in the museum.
Daniel Pedraza, a Drew County man facing a capitol murder trial with a possible death sentence asked the Arkansas Supreme Court t grant his petition of Writ for Certiorari, in an effort to get a continuance to for his attorney to prepare for his upcoming case.