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Assessing gated properties discussed

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Izard County is taking a new approach to the plans for a heating and cooling system for the first floor of the Izard County Courthouse. The Quorum Court discussed the new plan, which would combine that project with replacing the electrical wiring of the first floor of the courthouse, at its Aug. 1 meeting in the Izard County Courthouse.

Charles Foster of Taggart Architecture in Little Rock said the price of copper has caused prices for electrical renovations to rise above the original March estimate turned into the Arkansas Historical Society.

Foster said there might be an advantage to combining the projects of updating the heating, cooling and electricity for the courthouse. Finley said combining the projects in such a manner might help buffer unexpected rises in the costs of material too.

Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said the estimated cost of the project is $203,000, with $60,000 of it already covered by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The county will advertise for bids in local papers, according to Finley.

Izard County Assessor Tammy Sanders said a proposed ordinance to deal with the problem of assessing gated properties in Izard Counties is not legal. The gated properties in Izard County have presented a problem for the Izard County Assessor's Office which has been unable to assess some properties because of locked gates keeping them out.

Chief White Eagle of Izard County said the property owners don't want to be assessed. Eagle said the landowners can build big mansions and at the same time try to pay low property taxes. "They don't want to pay taxes," Eagle said.

"I have a locked gate and I don't have a mansion I'm trying to hide," District Judge Connie Barksdale said. She said authorities either have to have a court order or the property owner's consent to enter the property. Even law enforcement must follow those rules, she added.

Farmers had also expressed concerns about cross contamination due to assessors' vehicles. Vehicles could possbly carry a disease from a pasture of sick cattle to a pasture with healthy cattle, according to farmers.

Sanders said another method to convince owners to make their property accessible is to add $100,000 to the assessment value each year they are not able to assess the property.

No action was taken and the issue is to be discussed further.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence showed the Quorum Court the new Web site for the Izard County Sheriff's Office. The site will have information for the community pertaining to warrants, prisoners and weather. The Web site address is www.izardcountysheriff.org.

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