Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Asa Hutchinson squares account on property tax issue

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

screen_shot_2014-07-29_at_7.12.23_pm.png

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.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • Raw feelings in the Arkansas Justice Building over workload, pay

    Strained relations between the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals broke into public view this week. I expect more to come.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Viewed

  • Resignations submitted by director and two staff lawyers at Alcoholic Beverage Control

    Gary "Bud" Roberts turned in his resignation today as director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirms. Two other ABC attorneys have also submitted letters of resignation.
  • Huckabee departs Fox for religious network

    Mike Huckabee is departing Fox for Trinity Broadcasting Network, where he'll have an hour-long weekly talk show filmed in Nashville. TBN describes itself as the world's largest Christian network.
  • Governor's Mansion gets uninvited visitor

    KARK's Jessi Turnure just tweeted about an unwelcome guest at the Governor's Mansion this morning.
  • A modern mercantile for downtown

    The storefront at the corner of Clinton, Cantrell, Markham and Cumberland (can there be any other intersection anywhere like it?) has brown paper covering the windows and a sign saying LEASED, so we asked Moses Tucker realtor John Martin what gives.
  • GOP highway plan: More falling bridges and potholes

    Remarkable story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning. Two Republican members of the Republican-controlled legislature were quoted as saying "Bridges will have to collapse and major accidents occur on deteriorated roads before the Arkansas Legislature enacts laws to raise more money for highways."

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation