Lawyer Fires Shot At Millage

Posted: September 13, 2013 at 5 a.m.

A Bentonville lawyer has circulated a mailer for the second year expressing his opposition to a millage increase proposed by the School Board.

At a Glance:

Early Voting in Bentonville's second high school millage election continues today through Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Benton County Clerk's Office at the following locations:

• 215 E Central Ave, Bentonville

• 300 W Poplar St, Rogers

• 707 S Lincoln St, Siloam Springs

Early voting also will be available 8 a.m.-4p.m. today at these sites:

• Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Road, Bella Vista

• Centerton Firehouse, 755 W Centerton Blvd, Centerton

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My vote will be NO!

Posted by: Maverickpk

September 13, 2013 at 6:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anyway you slice it, a 6.7 mil increase is a huge increase.

Posted by: SPA

September 13, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do any of the opponents have kids in the schools?

Posted by: new423a

September 13, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

“Under the current proposal, the board HAS NOT included funds to operate and maintain the new building.”...........

This is interesting! OK media, do a story on where the operation money will come from.....Thanks for speaking out Steve Carter!

I was a no voter for the fist millage and I will be a no voter for this one also.

When will the "stupid people" learn, that property taxes is not the way to generate taxes?

Try a sales tax with a sunset clause, stupid people!

Posted by: MANofFEWwords

September 13, 2013 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A couple of corrections on the comments above. I got this info from the millage website (

@SPA – 6.7 was last year's millage, this one is 2.9.
@DNC – "The State of Arkansas mandates that school districts be funded through property taxes.  There is no other funding mechanism allowed by law."

If my information is incorrect, please point me to another source.

Posted by: Lug77

September 13, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DNC - your slip is showing.

Posted by: new423a

September 13, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

My son graduated from BHS in 2012 so I don't have vested interest in the election except:

1. Someone voted "yes" to provide for the facilities he used. It's my time to step up for future students..
2. Many don't realize that 9th graders take classes with upper grades and splitting off the 9th grade could reduce their options. My son as a 9th grader took three classes with upper grades.
3. No other option except a 2nd large HS will accommodate the present and projected student levels and offer comparable classes.

The saying "if you try pleasing everyone all the time you will end up pleasing no one" applies with this election. Their is only one "best" choice but no perfect one since everyone can't be pleased. .

Posted by: tuck5900

September 13, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Government must be funded by property tax according to state law. Maybe the legislature should have been working on this instead of some crap abortion laws.

Posted by: JailBird

September 13, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Operations and maintenance as it concerns personnel. The Arkansas State school facilities manual is mandated by law. This manual is about the health and safety of our students. Custodians and maintenance workers are key to providing a safe environment. In this manual there are minimum requirements the school districts must comply with to maintain adequate staff. Example for every 20,000 sq. ft. of facilities requires one custodian and for every 100,000 sq. ft. requires one skilled maintenance worker such as license HVAC, Electricians and Plumbers. Steve Carter has a legitimate concern about operations and maintenance because I believe the Bentonville School District has not been complying with this law for years and some one needs to ask this question. Does Stevens solutions who has the contract to provide custodians complying with this law? Does the school district have enough skilled maintenance workers to comply with this law. It's my understanding the Bentonville School District has over 2 million sq. ft. of facilities to clean and maintain. Anyone interested in knowing more about this custodian and maintenance manual all you have to do is type in Arkansas State school facilities manual and from there you should be able to find the custodian and maintenance manual.

Posted by: brightpath

September 14, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


Words like "I believe" and It's my understanding" etc. are meaningless. Please step up and ask Mr. Poore or the head of maintenance of the school district the questions you pose above.

Posted by: tuck5900

September 14, 2013 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I believe and it is my understanding that administrators and school board members read these comments. Therefore I believe I have asked that question. A good reporter Like Dave Perozek I believe reads these comments also and it is my understanding FOI requests for infomation by reporters are common and routine.

Posted by: brightpath

September 15, 2013 at 6:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )