Arkansas-side Board of Di­rec­tors will meet about tax col­lec­tion

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO / STATE - By Karl Richter On Twit­ter: @RealKar­lRichter

Tax col­lec­tion is in the spot­light for Mon­day’s meet­ing of the Texarkana, Ark., Board of Di­rec­tors.

The board will vote on an or­di­nance es­tab­lish­ing a col­lec­tion process for delin­quent ho­tel and restau­rant taxes.

Spon­sored by Ward 1 Di­rec­tor Linda Teeters, the or­di­nance spells out the city’s re­course when busi­ness own­ers do not pay the 3 per­cent ho­tel tax or 2 per­cent restau­rant tax ad­min­is­tered by the Ad­ver­tis­ing and Pro­mo­tion Com­mis­sion.

Should the mea­sure pass, a No­tice of Pro­posed As­sess­ment would be served on any tax­payer whose tax was not paid by the first day of the month af­ter the due date.

The tax­payer would have 30 days af­ter re­ceipt of the no­tice to re­quest a hear­ing. The hear­ing would be con­ducted by the A&P Com­mis­sion, and the com­mis­sion would de­ter­mine whether to sus­tain the pro­posed as­sess­ment, mod­ify the pro­posed as­sess­ment and/or is­sue a fi­nal as­sess­ment.

The tax­payer would have 30 days from the date of ser­vice of a fi­nal as­sess­ment and de­mand for pay­ment to ap­peal to the Miller County Cir­cuit Court.

If the tax­payer failed to reach a rem­edy with the com­mis­sion or the Cir­cuit Court, the com­mis­sion would file a Cer­tifi­cate of In­debt­ed­ness with the cir­cuit clerk. At that time, the com­mis­sion could seek any law­ful mea­sures to col­lect the debt.

The board will also vote on award­ing a con­struc­tion con­tract for the re­place­ment of Rocky Creek Bridge. Hart Con­struc­tion of Hooks, Texas, sub­mit­ted the win­ning bid for the job, which will cost more than $65,700.

The agenda in­cludes a cit­i­zen com­mu­ni­ca­tion time dur­ing which mem­bers of the pub­lic may ad­dress the board on any topic for up to five min­utes each.

The meet­ing is sched­uled for 6 p.m. Mon­day at City Hall, 216 Wal­nut St.

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