Benton County Judge Prepares Public Meetings on Proposed Court Facility


A Benton County judge is preparing a series of town hall meetings to take place throughout February.

These meetings are designed to inform the people of Benton County about the court facility proposal that voters will decide whether to approve on March 12. 

Benton County has worked on the plan for the court facility over the last 20 years. 

Benton County Judge Barry Moehring said this proposal has the most minimal tax possible. He said there are a number of benefits the new court facility will offer.

“Its one-eighth of a cent for four-and-a-half years,” Moehring said. “It’s about 12 and half pennies on $100, and what that will do is it will modernize and contemporize our court facilities, provide security for judges and public [and] provide additional parking — 400 additional parking spots and, really, a much needed addition.”

Moehring also adds not only will the tax be paid by the people of Benton County, but also by those who visit because they will all pay sales tax.

The first meeting is set for Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. at the Gravette Civic Center. 

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