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Sales tax

Clinton received $76,378 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in June and reported in July.

Shirley received $3,009 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $24,779 from its 1.5 percent sales tax.

Van Buren County has two 1 percent sales taxes, one for general revenue and one dedicated to construction bonds for the hospital.

The general revenue tax is divided among the county and its four incorporated towns based on population. Those figures for the same period are: Van Buren County, $253,194 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $22,491; Damascus, $2,161; Fairfield Bay, $18,627; and Shirley, $2,515.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


The Van Buren County Gas and Oil Advisory Board to the Quorum Court held its final meeting Tuesday night. The board, which expires at the end of 2012, will give its final report to the Quorum Court at its next meeting. The Quorum Court meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Courthouse Annex on Highway 65.


Advertising deadlines for the Dec. 26 Democrat are 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Deadline for Community, Sports, School and Society news is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Deadlines for the Jan. 2 Democrat will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, for advertising and 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, for news. The Democrat office will be closed on Dec. 25, 2012, and on Jan. 1, 2013. The Democrat staff wishes you a very merry Christmas.

Flu death

The Arkansas Department of Health said it has received the first reported death from influenza in Arkansas this season.

The Health Department does not disclose any other information about the death because of privacy concerns. According to Nate Smith, deputy director at ADH, this report serves as a reminder that the flu can be deadly.

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