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State's highest court rules against vote on new courthouse

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with a Mississippi County circuit judge that denies the Mississippi County government from holding a special election that would raise money to build a new courthouse.

In the ruling announced Thursday, the majority opinion of the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of Circuit Judge David Laser.

Laser ruled in favor of the City of Osceola by granting a permanent injunction of a March special election.

The City of Osceola has been fighting the county government’s attempt to construct a new courthouse in Blytheville since December 2016.

The majority court ruled in favor of the City of Osceola on the following issues:

  • The language of Act 81 or 1901 is ambiguous.
  • The county’s argument that an amended sales and use tax cannot violate Act 81 until tax revenue from one judicial district is used in another judicial district.
  • The circuit court did not abuse discretion in granting an injunction of a special election.

Justice Josephine Linker Hart dissented from the majority opinion, partially citing amendments and ordinances passed in Clay County, which has courthouses in Corning and Piggott.

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