Extortion in NLR | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 19, 2009

Extortion in NLR

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 6:43 AM

The Times of North Little Rock takes a look at Mayor Hays' school tax grab and his assist by compliant City Attorney Jason Carter.

Latest outrage -- on top of the hurryup approval of an inadequately noticed process and plan; on top of a gerrymandered tax district; on top of the capturing of school tax money from a project that received no assist from tax increment financing -- is Carter's not-very-veiled threat to take city support away from the school district (safety officers and perhaps more) if it goes ahead with its lawsuit over the money grab.

Nice guys.

A credit to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for noting that the law doesn't allow non-contiguous tax increment districts and that, as sponsor of the lamentable TIF legislation, that he didn't foresee the subterfuge NLR is attempting in this case. The city is linking separate parcels by city streets. It could, by this thinking, link Baring Cross and Heritage Park Circle in a TIF district. I don't think so. But that's what the courts are for.


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