Tagged: Dan Hodges

Searcy Mayor Changes Course, Commends Nutter For Appointments

Carl,

Thank you for your willingness to serve on this A & P Refunding Committee.  When I’ve requested you to serve on Council Committees in the past your schedule seemed to prohibit your participation.  I’m glad to see you could find the time.

I disagree with your statement regarding the city’s unwillingness to listen to citizen input, as the City held a public hearing for that specific purpose, as well as hearing from constituents on an individual basis.

It is refreshing to see that you have willingly included non-City of Searcy residents to be on this committee, knowing that you have resisted similar situations in the past regarding other standing committees of the City.

I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations of the committee when presented to the full Council for their consideration.  I am confident the eight elected city council members will make a fair and reasonable decision whether to accept or deny in full or in part.

If any of the listed individuals you have mentioned decline to serve, I might have some suggestions for inclusion.

Since you are willing to entertain suggestions, I would suggest that the committee meet, as soon as possible, to insure a speedy resolution and the taxpayers can expect to see the refund prior to the close of 2010

Your Mayor,

Mayor Belinda LaForce

blaforce@cityofsearcy.org

City of Searcy

401 West Arch Avenue

Searcy, AR 72143

(501) 268-2483 PH

(501) 279-1050 FAX

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Laforce Does Not Recognize Nutter–Must Have Been the Tie.

This video clearly shows the type of bickering that is impeding true progress in this city.

Here the mayor is clearly seen denying an alderman a right to even pose a question during last night’s city council meeting.  Just imagine how bad things would be if the city was still under a partisan system (the non-partisan resolution passed last year by the council was designed to heal all of the party-invoked wounds and disagreement on the council):

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The People Spoke: Searcy A&P Tax Rejected.

While the debate will rage on, the election on the Searcy A&P Tax is over.

Results of the Searcy A&P Tax election are as follows:

  • 1,574 Against
  • 1,331 For

FOX-16 was in town to cover the events.  See their coverage here.

Also, Harding’s “The Link” covered the picketing at City Hall and the voting.

There is much to be said about the events of the last 15 months.  But we will withhold analysis until the dust settles.

What is important to remember from today is that The People spoke.

Regardless of the outcome, The People won because their rights were restored and their judgment prevailed.  The People would have won if the tax and they win now that the tax failed.  Their wishes are what the Searcy Friends of the Voters and others fought to defend.  City Hall did everything within their power (and even outside their authority) to keep the voters from being heard, but ultimately, the people prevailed.

The People win because The People were heard.

Many thanks to all of the freedom-lovers who fought hard for The People’s right to vote on this issue.

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Searcy Tax Freedom Rally – Video

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Why I Am Voting Against the Searcy A&P Tax

By Nicholas Horton

I am confused. For the past year, the people of Searcy have been told that the proposed A&P tax was designed to improve our parks system. I personally thought this was a bit silly, considering our parks are wonderful, and have been for several years. I spent my youth on those fields and spent several years working out there as an umpire. We have hosted many competitive tournaments and been praised by visitors for the quality of our facilities. What needs do the parks have that are so dire that we must raise taxes? I would like to hear some from the proponents of the tax. Don’t they know that we built the new soccer fields, expanded the baseball facility, and remodeled Spring Park without raising taxes?

Now the proponents’ message has changed. We have gone from “improving parks” to “promoting Searcy.” Continue reading

2010 Mayoral Poll Has City Abuzz

The current political buzz in Searcy—a new mayor is coming to town.  Earlier this week a local businessman conducted a scientific phone poll, pitting four potential mayoral candidates against the incumbent Belinda Laforce.

Kyle Reeves, Dan Hodges, Dale Brewer, and Steve Sterling were all matched up against Laforce—read their full profiles: “Coming Soon: New Mayor to Searcy.”

AP cannot release all of the details of the poll at this time, but each of these four potential candidates beat Laforce in head to head matchups.  One potential candidate beat Laforce by as many as 20 points.  The closest race was separated by ½ of a percentage point, resulting in a Laforce loss.

One thing is sure:  trouble looms for this incumbent mayor who has raised taxes, thwarted the state constitution, operated under a closed-door policy, and turned a deaf ear to The People.

You decide:


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(More) Cowardice from Searcy Officials

3008_72880217330_72865122330_2139707_8060549_nBy Derek Glover

I attended the Searcy city council meeting last Tuesday, which was eventful to say the least. More than anything, I am disappointed in my city officials.

The decision by our council to become a non-partisan body is another in a long line of cowardly moves by many of our officials. Continue reading