MURFREESBORO (AP) — The Crater of Diamonds State Park now officially is part of a city.
Pike County Judge Donald Baker signed an order Monday allowing the city of Murfreesboro to annex the 911-acre state park, which was created by the state of Arkansas 38 years ago.
The park has bordered the southern edge of the city. Baker told the Texarkana Gazette the annexation involves only land within the park, not personal property.
Mayor Jim O'Neal and Park Director Justin Dorsey had signed an annexation deal on Sept. 14. Under the deal, the city will provide police and fire protection and some trash and water services.
The park now will add a 1.5-cent sales tax levy to transactions within its boundaries.