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Benton County Sets Legislative Agenda

Posted: January 22, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace are planning for next year’s session of the Legislature with a list of items they want to see addressed.

At A Glance

Legislative Wants

Benton County’s Legislative Committee on Tuesday reviewed items from the 2012 legislative packet and voted to retain most on the county’s wish list. Among the issues remaining from the 2012 list are:

Redistribution of the county’s road tax, amending the law that gives Bentonville, Rogers and Siloam Springs 90 percent of the revenue collected in those cities.

Reforming the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System to make the system sustainable and to cap the rate of money counties must provide.

Amend the law creating the district courts system so public defenders are paid by the prosecutor.

Allow property tax collection in the year the property is assessed.

Change the state’s election laws to allow no more than two special elections per year.

Source: Staff Report

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