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Re: “Future looks dim for Little Rock home energy efficiency ordinance

We moved to Bentonville from Little Rock about a year ago and have been amazed by the number and quality of municipal amenities everywhere. One might say "Walmart pays for it"; however, way back in 2002, Bentonville adopted impact fees on every new lot. The fees have grown, and are now substantial. It allows the city to properly build and maintain all sorts of services that make the quality of life so nice. Interesting that impact fees occurred in the most conservative county in the state.

Current impact fees:

Article from 2002 when the impact fees first started -- well before any of the big growth that has occurred in Bentonville:

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/24/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The Broom Man, Melvin Pickens, dies at 84

@SalineRepublican - I am very sorry you lost your friend.

While I probably was only around him 15 mins in my entire life, I could sure tell he was a very special, kind man. Funny how some angels among us just can't hide their wings.

What a legacy he left by all the people that have fond memories of just being around him and, if like me, feel more compassionate toward their fellow man just thinking of him all of these years past. May we all strive to have a legacy one day as rich as Mr. Pickens!

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/20/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Record filed of jury's verdicts for defense in gas royalty case

DBI - ???? - The packing of the Arkansas Supreme Court caused a jury in a federal case to rule for the defendant? How do you square that circle?

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/19/2017 at 8:37 PM

Re: “The Broom Man, Melvin Pickens, dies at 84

I am sad for the loss, having bought a broom from him at the site of the old Shipley's on Cantrell years back. While I haven't seen him in a half decade, I can still clearly see his image and hear his voice in my mind. Sorry that he's gone.

And seriously - who in the hell is disliking posts remembering such a nice man and offering sentiments like "rest in peace"? Just go away and consider what others will say about your life, when your time comes!

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 06/19/2017 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Little Rock leads crime ranking

It's sobering to think Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, Detroit, etc. are safer on a per capita basis. Wow.

Posted by AA5B Tiger on 05/11/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “A suspension and feuding in Bentonville School District over a borrowed Bobcat

Pulled my property tax bills from Little Rock and Bentonville, both for tax year 2016:

Little Rock millage = .0700
Bentonville millage = .0617

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 05/05/2017 at 11:43 PM

Re: “A suspension and feuding in Bentonville School District over a borrowed Bobcat

FWIW, I live in Bentonville with kids in the school district after moving a while back from Little Rock. There *are* several charter schools up here, which are amazingly good and specialized, should parents and children decide to go that route. A few are exceptionally good - like #13 out of 35,000 in the country good.

However, most parents here don't opt for charter schools here because the public schools are extremely good, with teachers that are clearly professionals who love their jobs, and invest far above what is needed or expected for the kids. It actually makes me feel good to pay the property tax bill each year because of the quality outcome I know it delivers for the community and the future.

In contrast, we lived in Little Rock previously, paid just under $20k/yr for private school tuition, plus paid even higher property taxes than we do here on a similar priced house. Even if the Bentonville schools cost *more* than we paid in Little Rock, considering both private school tuition plus property taxes we used to pay, I'd still gladly pay it. And, if our children wanted to go to one of the several specialized routes offered by charter schools in the area, I feel good having that option. However, our kids are completely challenged, happy, and get such great teacher attention on the public Bentonville school route, that I don't see that happening.

Just a report from the front...

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Posted by AA5B Tiger on 05/05/2017 at 4:12 PM

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