Baxter the only county that does not recognize MLK day, but it could soon | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Baxter the only county that does not recognize MLK day, but it could soon

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:26 PM

The Baxter Bulletin reports that the county's Quorum Court’s Personnel Committee on Monday voted to make Martin Luther King Jr. day a paid holiday, which, if it passes the full Quorum Court in October, would make the county the last of Arkansas's 75 to do so.

The reasons given by justices of the peace in the article were less than enthusiastic.

“My concern is optics,” Justice Bill Lucas, who did not vote on the measure, told the Bulletin. “I think it sends the wrong message to not adopt it.”

“I don’t have a problem adding it,” Justice Tink Albright, who voted for the measure, said while discussing the holiday. “The state is closed, other counties are closed. The banks are closed, too.”

Closing for a holiday costs the state $14,500, to pay workers for time off, plus $8,000 to have certain essential employees — the sheriff’s office, the Baxter County Detention Center and the county’s 911 office — working through the holiday, County Judge Mickey Pendergrass told the Bulletin.

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