Faulkner County received its largest sales tax increase since the beginning of the half-cent county tax implemented in 2000, which was revealed in Tuesday night’s meeting of the Faulkner County Quorum Court.

Regina Oakley, Faulkner County treasurer said she was told February’s collected $774,029 was the amount of tax from December sales. Oakley said taxes come back into the county after about two months.
A call from the Department of Finance and Administration warned County Judge Preston Scroggin not to spend the extra money, as it could be recalled.
Oakley said a conference call scheduled for next week would explain adjustments.

“They told us we’d be receiving a large amount of money, but they may have to make adjustments,” Oakley said.
The Court said the county does not operate in a way that would lead the department to believe they would be frivolous with gained taxes.
Oakley said the half-cent sales tax is divided between the County Road Department and the Criminal Justice Department.

The Court was addressed by Greg Murry, superintendent of Conway Public Schools, regarding the district’s 2012 plan for expansion, citing state requirements for larger space as the number of students increases.

“We’ll ask our patrons for a 1.9 mill increase in September. We’ve trimmed it down to as little as we could,” Murry said.

The Court also approved an ordinance to hire a law clerk with a degree in law.

Circuit Judge Michael Maggio said he would like to hire someone for the position and needed an additional salary approved.
“The docket I have is two times larger than others, and I need help. Whoever it is, can call the law clerk to ask questions, especially when we’re dealing with gas and oil questions. This person would not be just for me, but all of the court would be welcome to ask him or her a question,” Maggio said.

Scroggin gave an update on road conditions, saying that the weather is not yet conducive to repairs.
“The ground needs to be around 55 to 60 degrees to work,” Scroggin said. “But we have made progress in knowing where the problems are.”
Scroggin said the county’s bridge replacement project has just begun, and he plans on attaining grants in the future for funding.

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