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Where the county gets its money 


State law says it’s a county’s responsibility to run a county jail. And when city jails in Pulaski County closed in 1994 — absorbed into a new regional facility — the county pledged to pay much of the tab, with some help from cities. But as the jail’s budget ballooned with its population, so did the county’s bill.

“Since the biggest cities have more crime, shouldn’t they pay more?” That’s what many county leaders ask. City officials argue that they do. About 60 percent of the county general fund comes from countywide property and sales taxes. But the bulk of that money comes from the cities in the county, particularly Little Rock. Figures below illustrate this, by breaking down the amounts collected, by geographic area, from a couple of major county revenue streams,, its property tax and its one-cent sales taxe

Property Taxes 


Little Rock $11,000,129

North Little Rock $2,715,680

Unincorporated Pulaski County $1,736,285

Maumelle $1,010,735

Sherwood $967,577

Jacksonville $736,751

Cammack, Wrightsville, Alexander $53,925

Countywide Total $18,221,086

SOURCE: Pulaski County Treasurer’s Office

• The figures reflect current 2004 Tax Year collections.



1-cent Sales Tax


Little Rock $6,593,483

North Little Rock $2,399,970

Sherwood $542,484

Jacksonville $527,971

Maumelle $189,840

Elsewhere in County $544,875

Countywide Total $10,798,623



SOURCE: Estimates based on state figures.




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