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Clinton received $91,203 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in June and reported in July.

Shirley received $3,499 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $22,472 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, $276,684 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $24,578; Damascus, $2,361; Fairfield Bay, $20,355; and Shirley, $2,749.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


Finding a way to reopen the Dove House, a shelter for domestic abuse victims, will be the primary focus of a meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at Friendship Baptist Church in Clinton.

Friendship Baptist Pastor David Holcomb says the Clinton Ministerial Alliance is asking every church in the area to come together at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to pray for Clinton Public Schools. For more information call 745-7177.


Former natural gas company executive Sheffield Nelson said Tuesday he has indefinitely suspended his drive to put a proposal to raise the state severance tax on natural gas before voters in November.

But he left the door open for possibly resuming signature-gathering. Nelson, who has to make a more than 40,000-signature deficiency by Aug. 20, said he was leaning toward ending the effort altogether until two supporters offered him $50,000 to continue the campaign to qualify the measure for the ballot.

He said funding isn’t an issue, but that he would talk with other supporters about the campaign and hopes to make a final decision within a week.

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