Court rejects no confidence vote against tax collector

Court Meeting with Phillips
Quorum court meeting (Source: KAIT)
Quorum court meeting (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County justices voted against a measure that would have placed "no confidence" in Tax Collector Marsha Phillips.

In a close vote, five justices voted for the measure, while seven voted against. One person abstained from voting.

The proposal would have criticized Phillips regarding her job performance. The quorum court has questioned Phillips' handling of property tax collections and "other issues" in prior quorum court meetings.

Phillips refused to comment to a Region 8 News reporter after the vote of no confidence failed.

The following justices voted in favor of the resolution:

  • Fred Bowers
  • Billie Sue Hoggard
  • Richard Rogers
  • Josh Longmire
  • Gary Meadows

Josh Longmire said he is the head of the finance committee who has been trying to get answers from Phillips for about a year about past due business taxes.

He said he voted yes because he does not believe she is able to do the job.

Longmire said he did not expect the vote to go the way it did.

"I was expecting it to pass and didn't have a chance to even see who didn't go along or vote the same way they voted two weeks ago," Longmire said.

He explained that at the previous quorum court meeting, they worked on an ordinance that resulted in Monday night's resolution.

The following justices voted against the resolution:

  • Ken Stacks
  • Jim Bryant
  • Max Render
  • David Tennison
  • Steve Cline
  • Terry Couch
  • Ray Kidd

Steve Cline said he voted the way he did because he thought the resolution was strictly political.

"We're not Washington D.C.," Cline said. "We see enough of that stuff in Washington D.C. and everything else. To me, county offices shouldn't be partisan anyhow. It should be non-partisan offices."

Justice Barbara Weinstock abstained from the vote.

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