This morning, Judge Tom Hughes ruled that the Searcy city council had no legal right to deny the Searcy voters a special election on the A&P Tax.  The judge said that the 1938 ordinance indicating a 30-day deadline for the submission of referendum petitions was repealed by a 1969 ordinance.  Therefore, the SFV’s petitions were timely and the council should have/will set the election date.

This is a huge victory for the Searcy Friends of the Voters. But this is not the end of the battle and certainly not the end of the war.  This battle will continue until the council sets the special election date for the tax.  The war wages on through the next election cycle, and the next, and the next.  This war does not end until every elitist, establishment politician in Searcy is sent home.

It is time to bring transparency and accountable government to this city.

A special thanks to Scott Biddle of SFV, Attorney Greg Niblock, Alderman Carl Nutter, Bob Parish, Kyle Reeves, Dan Hodges, Alderman Dale Brewer, Alderman Jackie Liles, White County GOP Chairman Randall Young, Russel Hiatt, and the countless other brave citizens who took on the establishment politicians for the Searcy citizens’ right to petition for referendum!

Also, a special thanks to Judge Hughes.  The Patriot is impressed with his objectivity and respect for the law.  He was able to very professionally and judiciously put politics aside and deliver a just ruling.

The Patriot will keep you posted on further developments regarding the date of the special election.

The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com



  1. Bill Smith, ARRA Editor

    Congratulations to the citizens of Searcy, AR and to all who were willing to go to court to protect your right to determine if an A&P tax should be enacted on yourself, your friends and visitors (who have no voice) to your community. The morality of the use of an A&P tax has always been an issue hidden under the carpet. But that issue will now be part of the considerations by the voters and not a handful of people willing to use other people money to promote their self determined interests.

    It is indeed time “to bring transparency and accountable government to your this city” and to all levels of government.

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