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University Sues Washington County

Posted: January 24, 2013 at 5 a.m.

The University of Arkansas filed a lawsuit Friday against Washington County, Assessor Jeff Williams and Tax Collector David Ruff over taxes paid for real estate property and university-owned equipment at fast food chains and other retailers on campus.

At A Glance

Businesses At The University Of Arkansas

-From about 1915 to 1940, a privately-operated bookstore owned by Charley Stone served as a student union that also served cold drinks. Records show no Washington County taxes were assessed on that business.

-From about 1904 to 1982, the university operated a dairy program that sold milk, butter, cottage cheese and ice cream to students and the public. Tax records show other dairies were taxed, but not the university creamery.

-Since 1947, the university’s Memorial Hall contained a kitchen offering food to students and the public. No property taxes were assessed.

-Since 1973, the university’s bookstore sold cosmetic products and other necessary products for residence hall rooms. Tax records show those items were not taxed by the county prior to recent years.

Source: University of Arkansas lawsuit CV-12-3060

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