New Benton County Quorum Court members eye proposed courts building
BENTONVILLE — Newly elected members of the Benton County Quorum Court already are focused on one looming question: Will voters approve the money for a new courts facility?
Debra Hobbs, Carrie Perrien Smith and Dustin Todd, all Republicans, won spots on the 15-member court in Tuesday’s election. They will be sworn in Jan. 1.
The Quorum Court last month approved the second reading to set an election for a temporary oneeighth-cent sales tax. The tax would pay for a proposed $30 million courts facility. The county has adopted a building design and a location on Second Street in downtown Bentonville. The funding plan is set for a special election in March. The third and final reading will be held in December.
Safety is his main concern when it comes to a courts building, Todd said. Todd, a former law enforcement officer with Bentonville and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, will represent District 11. The district covers most of the northwestern corner of Benton County, including Gravette and Decatur. Bob Bland, the incumbent, didn’t seek re-election.
“There are high-profile cases with lots of people coming in and out of buildings that aren’t secure,” he said.