Searcy Mayor Morris Promises to Post City Tax Spending Online

Someone reminded me that I left everyone hanging on a story I posted earlier this month (after the passage of the Searcy bypass tax, which has now been proclaimed as a ‘mandate’ for more taxes in Searcy…go figure).  Apologies for the delay, but I really couldn’t care less about politics during the holidays.  Anyway, I promised to tell you more about a brief conversation I had with Mayor Morris at the courthouse on election night.

It was a short conversation, but the mayor invited me to come back by city hall and visit with him after the first of the year about his agenda going forward (I say ‘back’ because I previously met with him in September of this year to talk about the city budget, bypass tax, etc.).

I also took the opportunity to ask the mayor if he had given any more thought to my suggestion that the city setup a website to track the collections & spending of every penny of the bypass tax money.  The mayor told me,

We are going to do that. We are going to put it all online.

So, now it’s on the record and I am very anxious see this project take off when the collections start in April.  This is a great way to instate some transparency in city operations and create some trust between the taxed and the taxers.

I am looking forward to meeting with the mayor after the first of the year.  Perhaps we can do some video interviews.

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you had a merry Christmas.  Enjoy this next weekend of holidays and get some rest.  We have a lot of work to do in 2012.

Nic Horton



  1. donnieboy1

    Mr. Nic Horton,
    I am 68 years old and I have never voted for a tax increase of any kink. Yes, I have had to
    pay the tax just like everyone else; however, whenever someone complains to me about being overtaxed, my first question is: Did you vote for the tax? If they didn’t, I will sympathize with them, but if they did vote for the tax, I just tell them I don’t want to hear their complaining.
    I have noticed also, thru the years, that if a tax doesn’t pass the first time out, then another election is called because they didn’t get the word out correctly or whatever and so on. This will usually continue until the tax passes. What most don’t realize is that at each election, the number of voters dwindle until those who were against the tax in th first place will not show up to vote. Tax increase passes with a so called landslide (750 for, 371 against) out of 15000 eligible voters. Then the non voters wonder how something like this happens.
    Just to let you know, if I am physically able to vote, I vote.
    Don Wheatley

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