- Associated Press - Sunday, June 4, 2017

CAVE SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Officials in a northwest Arkansas city say failure to properly authorize collection of property taxes leaves the city facing a $391,000 budget shortfall and possibly eliminating its police department.

Cave Springs City Attorney Justin Eichmann told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2rqvx39 ) that records don’t clearly show the City Council passed an ordinance authorizing collection of the taxes.

Eichmann said the amount is 23 percent of the city’s $1.7 million budget and he’ll ask either Benton County Circuit Court or the county judge for guidance.

County Attorney George Spence said he thinks the city’s tax will be ruled invalid.

City Mayor Travis says the police department could be eliminated to offset any budget cuts, but Alderwoman Mary Ann Winters said some city administrators could be eliminated instead of the police department.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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