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The Clinton City Council, meeting last week in a special session, approved an ordinance requiring premises in the city limits to be kept “free from weeds, rank grass, garbage, rubbish and other unsightly and unsanitary articles.”

It further states that required property owners must “eliminate, fill up or remove stagnant pools of water or any other unsanitary thing, place or condition which might become a breeding place for mosquitoes, flies and germs harmful to the health of the community.”

Section 6 of the ordinance says that because of “the epidemic of West Nile VIrus in Arkansas: that an emergency exists and the ordinance shall be in full force after its passage and approval. Read the complete ordinance in this week’s legal notices in the Democrat.


Clinton received $88,834 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in September and reported in October.

Shirley received $2,954 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $29,999 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, $306,525 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $27,229; Damascus, $2,616; Fairfield Bay, $22,551; and Shirley, $3,045.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


Remember to send us your best Halloween photos of this year’s ghosts and goblins. We well share as many as we can after Halloween.


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