MAMMOTH SPRING -- After working for several months trying to keep the license office open in Mammoth Spring, Mayor Jean Pace said last week that the state has accepted the plan she proposed.
"I proposed that everyone that uses the office pay a $3 fee. This should cover the cost of the communications link to the main office in Little Rock," the mayor said.
When it was announced earlier in the year that the Mammoth Spring office was on the list of office closings, Pace went to work. She said she had some of her close friends conduct a telephone survey in the Mammoth Spring area, and it was determined area residents would rather pay the $3 fee than travel to the Fulton County seat of Salem to conduct their license transactions.
The state said it would continue paying the salaries and office expenses if the city would pick up the tab for the rent, utilities and data line to Little Rock. At Mammoth Spring Pace said the rent and utilities would be no problem because the office is located in City Hall, and she thinks the $3 fee will cover the cost of the data line over a period of a year. She said if the expected data line amount of $5,448 is not met the city would be able to pitch in a few hundred dollars to finish paying for the line.
Pace said right now the $3 fee is on a trial basis for only two months. She said the state will review the office income from the fees after two months and determine whether the trial is successful.