There remains some speculation about whether the Searcy City Council’s motives in setting the election date for the A&P Tax were entirely pure. This speculation arises from Mr. Dixon’s “no” vote on the motion to set the election date–a motion that he made. He obviously objected to the amendment by Mr. Nutter that the collection of the tax be stopped immediately. It seems that if the Council is voting to repeal the ordinance that created the A&P Tax, pending a special election, that they would also suspend the tax itself. How can the tax be (legally) collected without an enforcing ordinance? It seems clear that the Council wants to continue to collect as much revenue as possible. Nonetheless, the Council, seemingly confused, passed the motion 5-3.
Below you will find video of last night’s meeting.
JD Yingling heroically suggests that the Council set an election date for the tax (as Alderman Nutter, Mr. Biddle, Mr. Niblock, and at least 1200 other Searcy citizens have been requesting for 6 months):
After Mr. Yingling, Mr. Niblock was allowed to address the Council, despite their previous refusal to allow him to speak. More discussion :
More illogic. This video does not cover the actual vote on the ordinance to set the election date, but the motion did carry 7-1 with Dixon dissenting:
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