Funding Fight Could Lead to Budget Cuts in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, AR-- Benton county leaders are warning that if voters reject a rural ambulance funding plan on the ballot November 4, the county budget will have to be trimmed by 3%.

Earlier this month, the quorum court approved two ballot measures during a special session.

The first option asks for only the households in unincorporated areas of the county to pay a $40.00 fee a year.

The second ballot measure would create a county-wide tax increase equal to about $4.00 a year for a $100,000 property.

The budget cuts were requested in anticipation of neither measure passing in November.

It's estimated they could save the county about a million dollars.

The quorum court approves the final budget in December.

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