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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Asa Hutchinson squares account on property tax issue

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM

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Asa Hutchinson, the Repubican gubernatorial candidate, attempted to close the book today on a controversy that arose over the discovery he'd drawn two homestead tax exemptions for four years when entitled to only one. He was also forgiven — arguably impermissible — by the Pulaski County assessor for the $350 fine that is supposed to be applied to each double payment, along with refund of the excess.

Hutchinson had previously paid back three years of exemptions — at $350 a year — because the assessor's office, in addition to waiving a penalty, said the statute allowed for collection of no more than three years' worth of arrears. It was suggested here that a voluntary payment of the fourth year of excess credits and penalties should be paid.

Early this evening, a Hutchinson campaign spokesman said

We went down to the Pulaski County Treasurer’s office today to deliver this letter and a check, but they said they have to check their procedures before they can accept the payment.

You'll see the letter said Hutchinson wants to pay for all.

Surely Pulaski County, with all its jail woes, would be happy to except voluntary contributions to the treasury. Good move by Hutchinson. Admission of error and repayment. It isn't accompanied, at least here, by any finger-pointing at Democratic opponent Mike Ross, who's been critical. I'd say it's probably time for Ross to accept the action and move along, too.

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