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  1. Amid Controversy, ORT Millage Put on Ballot


    March 26, 2012 by Jamie Smith

    WASHINGTON COUNTY – Washington County voters will be given the option to vote on a quarter-cent sales tax this May after the Washington County Quorum Court voted 7-4 to send it to the ballot. The vote came during the Court’s March 8 meeting. Justices of the Peace (JPs) Lance Eads, Butch Pond, Tom Lundstrom and Rick Cochran voted against placing the measure on the ballot. If passed, the quarter-cent sales tax will provide $7.5 million annually for Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) to expand its Washington County services. A similar measure was sought in Benton County but the Benton County Quorum Court voted against placing it on the ballot. This was the third time the Washington County JPs faced the issue because the law requires that the measure be read three times before being finalized. The JPs and County Judge Marilyn Edwards issued a statement to the standing-room only crowd that read: “The role of the Quorum Court in this matter is to determine whether or not the proposed tax should be referred to the electorate, not whether or not they are for or against the tax. The County Judge presides over the Quorum Court without a vote and does not …