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  1. Amid Controversy, ORT Millage Put on Ballot

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    March 26, 2012 by Jamie Smith

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    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 …

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  2. Gridlock Avoided, County Passes Budget

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    December 19, 2011 by Jamie Smith

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    FAYETTEVILLE — It was standing room only during the Dec. 8 Washington County Quorum Court meeting with a large majority of the crowd being county employees interested in if the 2012 budget that included a five-percent raise for all employees would pass. ​ The $62 million budget did pass, but not unanimously. Three justices of the peace — Rex Bailey, Joe Patterson and Tom Lundstrom — voted against the proposed budget, each citing concerns about the fact that the JPs had to reduce the amount of money placed in reserves for 2012 to balance the budget.

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  3. Quorum Court Tackles Heavy Agenda

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    August 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    It was a busy night Aug. 11 for the Washington County Quorum Court as the members discussed asking the federal government to repeal a transportation ruling, made new rules for scrap metal companies, apportioned money for several major projects, welcomed a new member and said goodbye to a second, and created a new committee.

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  4. JPs approve grant applications

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    June 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    ​The Washington County Quorum Court gave the green light to several grant applications that are being sought throughout the county. The court also gave approval to several agencies to apply for various grants during the court’s monthly meet on Thursday, June 9.

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