A smaller council approved everything on its docket, but not without a bit of a tussle with one of its aldermen.
When approving the annual resolutions involving property tax millages, Alderman Mark Vaught reiterated the position he said he has taken every year he has served on the council.
“Although what this money goes to are certainly worthy causes, I believe property tax to be unconstitutional,” Vaught said. “As I have said before, we should look for alternative ways to pay for these matters.”
Seven votes were taken on certain parts of the personal property tax that would go toward funding the city animal shelter, the policeman’s and fireman’s pension and relief fund, the pension and relief fund for non-uniformed employees, the maintenance of Conway cemeteries, the maintenance of public recreation and playgrounds and raising general fund revenues.
The council voted 5-1 with Vaught opposing each one. On the first vote concerning the animal shelter, only five council members were present, and Conway Mayor Tab Townsell voted in the affirmative. Alderman Jim Rhodes was present for the other votes. Aldermen Theodore Jones and David Grimes were absent from the meeting.
In other business, the council:
• approved closing a portion of street right of way located at the west end of Collins Drive in Cresthaven Phase 2 subdivision.
• approved resolutions requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector place a certified lien against various properties for incurred expenses by the city.
• approved an ordinance to rezone property located at 2630 & 2600 Muskogee Road from C-3 to I-3.
• approved an ordinance appropriating funds for expenses related to District Court automation.
• approved an ordinance appropriating funds & accepting reimbursement/restitution funds from various entities for the Conway Police Department.
• approved an ordinance authorizing funds through pay as you go sales tax for the Conway Police Department for vehicle expenses and two fully equipped motorcycles.