NAACP president voices fairness concerns on sales tax distribution

By Joe May
The Southern Standard

Asking for fairness in regards to small businesses receiving EDCCC funds, NAACP President Bruce Bell addressed Monday evening’s meeting of the Clark County Quorum Court.

“Every home needs to be on a solid foundation,” Bell told the court, explaining that as a small businessman in Clark County and a minority, he could not see fairness in the way funds from the county’s 1/2-cent sales tax would be distributed by the Economic Development Corp. of Clark County.

Bell stated that the was “disappointed” in those justices who voted earlier in the year to send the governing ordinance to the EDCCC because “there’s nothing in the ordinance that speaks to the small businessman.”

“That left me a little big intrigued,” Bell said, calling the ordinance that governs the EDCCC “vague.”  

“This ordinance is not a good foundation,” Bell continued. “I wish, hope and pray that you justices will listen to us.”

He expressed the hope that the ordinance could be amended to make it easier for “the black community, women and minorities” to receive funds for their businesses from the ordinance. “We can always amend it to make it better for the small businessperson,” Bell said.

Noting that no minority businesses received funds for the first 14 years of the 1/2-cent tax, Bell asked that the court look at making it easier over the next 14 years for minority businesspeople as well as small businesses to benefit economically from the tax.

In the absence of Treasurer Karen Arnold, County Judge Tucker noted that the tax brought in $183,221.40 in June. Of that amount $56,096.36 went to pay bonds while $126,624.04 went to the EDCCC.

In other economic news, Tucker stated that under Act 224, the state will be sending enough money for every law officer in the county to receive a $5,000 stipend. Clark County will receive $86,120. The county will be responsible for paying retirement and other benefits, which amounts to $12,256, he said.

The money will be distributed as a separate check at the next pay period, Tucker noted.

At the motion of Justices Tom Calhoun and B.J. Johns, the motion carried.

Other business
• Justices passed a resolution of support for Hostess to participate in a tax-break program at the motion of Justices Darrin Buscher and Albert Neal.

• Tucker said an old copier will be removed from the county’s inventory.

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  1. It wasn’t supposed to be fair, because a certain faction of the Quorum Court doesn’t want it to be. The current governing faction is made up of white Democrats & liberal, mostly urbanite Republicans who don’t care about African Americans or small businesses, only corporate elites. I’ve seen SOME progress, but it’s nowhere near enough.

    Justices Scott (R) & Neal (D) will win re-election unopposed, while Tracy Drake (R) just ousted Ricky the RINO down in District 11. Hopefully, the more populist faction will win enough seats in November to repeal the liberal guidelines ordinance and pass a new one that increases transparency, accountability, and fairness.

    Unfortunately, Baumgardner (R) didn’t get primaried in District 10 and I’m unsure about how King (R) and Overturf (R) will vote (both are going to win unopposed in November), but I have my doubts about them. Fortunately, there’s a few opportunities to pick up seats elsewhere.

    I’m honestly not sure about the District 1 race, so I’m not going to make a recommendation there. Neither candidate is an incumbent, nor have I seen any statements from them about EDCCC guidelines.

    In District 2, I strongly support Michael Ankton (D). I was hoping Buscher the rotten tater (R) would get primaried, but he wasn’t, so this is one of those rare situations where Conservatives are better off voting Democrat.

    In District 3, Vanilla Hannah (D) voted for the liberal guidelines ordinance, so I’d go with Nick Stover (R). IDK where he stands, but we oughta take our chances.

    The next seat with a November election is District 8. Obviously, I’m voting for myself (I), but it’s not the end of the world if BJ (R) wins, because he voted for Scott’s guidelines ordinance. I’m just more populist than he is.

    In District 9, I don’t know what Valerie Johnson (D, no relation) thinks, so I can’t say to vote against her, but Andrea Angle (R) did switch her vote at the last minute and support Scott’s ordinance; she’s the safer bet at the moment, but I might change my opinion later.

    If you pay sales taxes — and everyone does — PLEASE vote this November for the PERSON who best represents your interests, not the party listed beside their name! We’re fighting an uphill battle against the deep state establishment, but it’s a battle we can most certainly win, especially with the PEOPLE and God on our side.

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