Extortion in Arkansas – Tax Increase, Part 4
Hopefully, INDICTMENTS will come out of this because it looks like
Follow The Money!
Secure Arkansas continues the very sad saga on the toxic Class 1 NABORS Landfill fiasco and the “service fee” (trash tax) that has been illegally forced onto the taxpayers’ real estate taxes this year (2018) in a six-county area in Northern Arkansas. More actors/players revealed!
Secure Arkansas recently sent an FOIA request to all of the assessors and collectors in Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Newton, and Searcy Counties.
The following chart is broken down showing the number of parcels reported by the assessor and collector in each of the six (6) counties in which the $18 trash fee will be collected and the total approximate amount collected for year 2018.
Add it up. That’s a lot of money!
County # of Parcels Total Amt Collected # Years to Collect
Baxter 22,754 $409,305.00 20 +?
Boone 17,260 $310,680.00 20 +?
Carroll 12,300 $221,400.00 20+?
Marion 9,566 $172,180.00 20+?
Newton 4,958 $89,244.00 20+?
Searcy 5,810 $104,580.00 20+?
Total 63,082 $1,307,389.00
This multi-million dollar clean up is extremely costly and could continue for decades to come!
So, what happens if you don’t pay this illegal ”service fee” (trash tax)? Could your property be sold? YES! Could this be a form of a LAND GRAB or a taking of property? YES!
Currently, the $18 trash tax fee assessment MUST be paid, or a tax lien will be levied against your property and eventfully sold by the State of Arkansas. If the taxpayer pays everything but the $18 fee, there still will be a tax lien levied against the property because they will show that you paid the $18 fee but not your full tax amount.
Questions that still need to be answered:
Principal and interest of the bonds will be paid by Bank of the Ozarks, Little Rock, Arkansas directly to Cede & Company, nominee of Depository Trust Company, New York, New York, as registered owner thereof. Cede & Company operates as a clearing house for stock transactions. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in New York, New York. Cede & Company operates as a subsidiary of The Depository Trust Company. (Continue reading and see more below about Bank of the Ozarks and George Gleason, their current CEO.)
The bondholder knew the bonds were risky but chose to buy the bonds anyway. It is the bondholders that need to take the loss, not the taxpayers! Who are these bondholders, anyway? And why are their investments being protected?
The recent unconstitutional court ruling forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for the multi-MILLION dollar NABORS Landfill debt was handed down from questionable Circuit Judge Tim Fox who presided over the receivership. This judgement has affected the grieved, over-burdened taxpayers in Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Marion and Searcy counties and has the potential to affect people in every county in Arkansas, not just the six-county area.
As Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show would say, ”Nip it! NIP IT IN THE BUD!”
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According to Arkansas state statutes, the District (known as Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District) can only levy a fee if they provide a service. The $18 fee was added with no service being provided by the District. This is a violation of Arkansas statutes! (Keep reading…)
If this is your first time hearing about this hot topic, you’ll want to check out our 3 previous alerts about it:
Justices of the Peace (JPs) are being told that under Arkansas law, the solid waste district may impose “fees” for its services, bypassing a public vote or individual counties’ quorum courts.
BUT NO SERVICES were provided or made available!!
Legalities: From the Court Papers with Ruling (INCLUDING the Amendment), and Item 3 on the amendment which replaced Item 5 in its entirety and reads as follows:
Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 8-6-714(d) and other applicable law, the Receiver, acting on behalf of the District , shall cause an annual service fee of $18.00 (the “Service Fee”) to be assessed against each residence and business parcel located within the District.
HOWEVER, the court ERRED and chose to ignore this vital part of Arkansas Code Ann. § 8-6-714(d):
for which the board makes solid waste collection or disposal services available.
This is the COMPLETE Arkansas Code Ann. § 8-6-714(d):
d) The board may levy a service fee on each residence or business for which the board makes solid waste collection or disposal services available.
Important Secure Arkansas’ Note: For the Board to be able to assess the $18 fee, they MUST make solid waste collection or disposal services available. The COURT did NOT provide any services for this $18 fee, thus the charge should be NULL and VOID and REMOVED from taxpayers’ tax statements immediately!)
The “service fee” (trash tax) assessment is NOT statutorily valid nor constitutional due to this fee/tax not being enacted as a result of a lawful election and approved by the county voters, AND because of the Constitution of the State of Arkansas(160 pages!), Article 7, Section 28, et al.
Article 7, Section 28. County courts – Jurisdiction – Single judge holding court. The County Courts shall have exclusive original jurisdiction in all matters relating to county taxes, roads, bridges, ferries, paupers, bastardy, vagrants, the apprenticeship of minors, the disbursement of money for county purposes, and in every other case that may be necessary to the internal improvement and local concerns of the respective counties. The County Court shall be held by one judge, except in cases otherwise herein provided.
You may recall from our Extortion in Arkansas – Tax Increase, Part 2 article:
Is Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District making solid waste collection or disposal services available? NO!
If NOT, they CANNOT charge the fee. The taxpayers will NOT be taken advantage of because of this is outrageous ruling!
*** This is causative debt! The legal definition of “cause” is:
Each separate antecedent of an event. Something that precedes and brings about an effect or a result. A reason for an action or condition. A ground of a legal action. An agent that brings something about. That which in some manner is accountable for a condition that brings about an effect or that produces a cause for the resultant action or state.
A suit, litigation, or action. Any question, civil or criminal, litigated or contested before a court of justice.
Notice to Public Officials (Servants): ACTION is required from County Judges, Justices of the Peace (JPs) and County Assessors! The county judges AND the county assessors should persue any and all means to rectify this overreach by the Circuit Court and exempt all taxable people and entities in the affected counties, namely Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Newton, and Searcy Counties from this unwarranted taxation AND should refer the causative debt upon those who incurred it … not on the people!
The good people in the affected six-county area are protesting – and will continue to protest – and will NEVER ACCEPT this illegitimate, unconstitutional court ruling and paying this illegal “service fee” or trash tax, nor end up being forced into debt, so, counties, prepare to give a full major refund when this is resolved, possibly with interest! (We’re still waiting for an answer to our question: WHY are the taxpayers being held responsible for this debt, especially since they didn’t incur it and they weren’t the cause or reason for it? They didn’t even get a chance to vote on it! They understandably feel COMPELLED to protest!)
And how did the bondholders get off the hook, especially since these were risky bonds from the beginning? They were NOT guaranteed!
Why aren’t those responsible for managing this whole ordeal and making the decisions responsible?
ACTION for JPs: Please see to it the resolution that Secure Arkansas emailed you is passed in the quorum courts as quickly as possible. (We need the JPs to represent the people in your area and to provide an official record of the protests of paying this illegitimate “service fee” or trash tax!) We’ve hyperlinked PDF versions of the resolutions for each county directly below. If you need a .docx file (so you can make any necessary corrections to the contact info at the bottom of the resolution), let us know, and we’ll email you.
***Boone County UPDATED Resolution*** (ONLY if JPs there want to use this updated version; it does have more “teeth” to it.)
**ACTION for Arkansas Legislators: Legislation needs to be drafted that would prevent any district (including solid waste districts) from allowing fees to be added or assessed to the public without a proper election or vote by the people. The way it stands now, it’s very much like taxation without representation!
**PUBLIC MEETINGS Planned: Prepare and ARM YOURSELF WITH QUESTIONS! You can bet that the government is going to try to get the outraged over-taxed public calmed down! We’re expecting that some of the meetings planned could have a pre-determined outcome… depending on who is facilitating them. Don’t let them break you up into groups; listen to the whole meeting together!):
1) Searcy County Community Center in Marshall, Saturday, March 17, 2018, 6:30pm
The Searcy County Civic Center is located on Zack Road about 1.3 miles off U.S. Hwy. 65 in Marshall, Arkansas. Turn North on Zack Road, right next to Harps Supermarket. Travel for 1/2 mile and Zack Road turns left (west). Follow Zack Road for another 3/4 of a mile, and [it is] located on the left.
Here an excerpt from the Harrison Daily Times article:
MARSHALL — Robert Baysinger said a special community meeting has been called for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17,  in Marshall to begin the process of fighting the $18 fee assessed on property taxes regarding the landfill in Baxter County.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he will send a representative to Marshall for the meeting and state Sen. Missy Irvin said she would attend, Baysinger said. He has also invited any other interested legislators to attend.
*Secure Arkansas wants to thank Mr. Baysinger for arranging the Marshall meeting. We expect there to be standing-room only, and we wish him and all the taxpayers’ best. Mr. Baysinger, don’t let this meeting get hijacked!
2) Baxter County Quorum Court: Meetings to be announced, according to Judge Pendergrass (The problematic Baxter County Judge wants to bring in Geoffrey Treece, attorney for the Receiver to do some explaining to the shocked and infuriated taxpayers.)
Here’s a brief snippet:
Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass announced at Tuesday night’s Quorum Court meeting that plans were being made to bring Geoffrey Treece, the court-appointed receiver for the lawsuit between the Bank of the Ozarks and the Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District, to several town halls across the six counties that make up the district.
Treece, tasked with recouping what money he could for investors holding $12 million worth in bonds defaulted on by the Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District, is the attorney that proposed that the $18 service fee be collected from landowners inside the district, which includes the counties of Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Newton and Searcy counties.
Please keep reading… and follow the money!
And into what bank will the hard earned taxpayer money go? Into Bank Of The Ozarks as the Trustee. This bank has 250 offices in 10 states and could pay off the landfill debt and wouldn’t even miss one cent of their money, instead of sticking the taxpayer with this unjustifiable “causative” debt problem! Also, because of our suspicious nature, we can’t help but wonder… could this bank be the one financing all the property that Mr. Crockett purchased? McKinney, too? (We think that a bank this large could launder money very easily! We are merely speculating here.)
George G. Gleason has been the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Bank of the Ozarks since 1979. He also worked for the Rose Law Firm in 1979:
George Gleason, a lawyer specializing in banking at the Rose Law Firm, bought Bank of Ozark in 1979 when it had $28 million in assets and changed its name to Bank of the Ozarks.
And here are the executive salaries for the Big Wigs at Bank of the Ozarks:
The following information came from the Arkansas Secretary of State website when doing a Register Agent search of George G. Gleason:
Officers for the Bank of the Ozarks, Inc are:
Also see, Greg L. McKinney (Bank Of The Ozarks) made $1,970,215 in total compensation:
We can’t help but to wonder... just how many corrupt politicians, law enforcement officers, government agencies, and inspectors were paid off and worked with organized crime to allow illegal dumping in this small town landfill? (Some of them may have just turned their heads in order to keep their job!) Don’t forget, the landfill accepted municipal AND industrial toxic waste!
We suspect that other hazardous landfills in the state are dangerously under this controlling thumb of the mob and its politicians, too!
Remember, we are trying to put the complicated and perplexing puzzle pieces together regarding this extremely hot issue, and we need your help! Please continue to feed us information, and we will do our best to report on it.
On March 12, 2018, our Secure Arkansas State Coordinator visited the active landfill and took some pictures. Activity is going on out there! Also, some of the residents in the area were interviewed, and what they said was very alarming. Going back as early as 2005, it was reported that there were many out-of-state trucks dumping after hours. Access to this after-hour dumping was north of the main gate, about 1/2 mile or so.
For those of you who would like more history surrounding this landfill debacle, check out this
NABORS Landfill Timeline as of March 2018. We’ve also included it, as is, directly below. (This timeline was provided by one of the JPs in the affected areas.)
In closing, we want to propose another important question: are some of the Class 1 landfills in Arkansas built over our major (and precious) aquifers?
Please look for Extortion In Arkansas – Tax Increase, Part 5 coming soon…
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