SC Quorum Court credits Shop Local initiative for tax revenue increase

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Photo/ Lauren Siebert Whether due to a growing community or positive numbers on the sales tax report, the Sharp County Quorum Court appeared to be in high spirits during their regular meeting March 13.

Two Sharp County residents were re-appointed to the Cherokee Village Waterworks Facilities Board during the Sharp County Quorum Court meeting March 13.

After re-appointing Darrell Kehrli and Anna Verkler, audience member Peter Martin offered a question to the court as to why only Sharp County appointed board members. Martin asked if only Sharp County did the appointing since Cherokee Village was located in both Fulton and Sharp County.

After a brief back and forth, Justice of the Peace and representative from Cherokee Village Greg Pringer, explained the board was a Sharp County Facilities Board and was not itself divided by county, although it oversaw the Village's water as a whole.

Sharp County Judge Gene Moore suggested it might be helpful to have the mayor of Cherokee Village attend board meetings or join the board, in order to have better representation. According to their website, http://www.cvwaterworks.com, the water board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m., no location was listed on the site, however it has regular postings available for contacting, general information and frequently asked questions.

In other business, the court received a report revealing that tax revenue is up again, something Moore attributes to the Shop Local initiative.

James Street with White River Health Systems delivered some positive news to the board in regards to the emergency room in Cherokee Village.

Street told the court the facility had taken part in a national survey in which patients rank their care and treatment and currently they ranked in the 98 percentile according to patients' experiences. To put it in better perspective, Street said the ER was in the top 2 percent in the nation.

Street also said they had received more than 1,000 applications for the Medical Residency Program, something he added not only showed the need for more programs, but was a compliment to the area as it showed future physicians had interest in working and living in Arkansas.

The Sharp County Quorum Court meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

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