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AAC F A M I L Y  F R I E N D S » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » In addition, the Smart 9-1-1 service implemented more than a


year ago has been funded. Our counties can now advertise Smart 9-1-1 without hesitation knowing that funding passed in this ses- sion will be there for perpetuity. Prepaid wireless problems were also addressed in this session with a bill that will send money at a retail level to the 9-1-1 system instead of the problematic wholesale collection we have in place now. Estimates are that an amount in excess of $1 million per year is slipping through the wholesale col- lection net.


Also, all county offices will benefit from a new AOJ funding formula that will not cut into the county coffers as much as early projections offered. Tere is hope that this new fund- ing formula combined with added filing fees will prove to be enough to keep our administration of justice fund above water, eliminating the need to supplement this funding by borrowing money from the real property transfer tax monies historically returned to the counties.


To brand the 89th General Assembly as anything but a success would be shortsighted. Your team of lobbyists here at the AAC, and you as county officials, made it possible to not lose ground in the contentious session, the longest in decades. A big thank you goes out from the staff to each and every one of you for your hard work this session.


Looking ahead


But that’s enough of the rear-view mirror. Tere are excit- ing changes afoot at the association that you need to be aware of. Many of you have had the opportunity to come visit our building and go beyond the conference room. You quickly notice that there are no empty offices. It has been that way for some time now, and when we consider an expansion of ser- vices to our counties we have to take into account that room


for such is simply not available.


Te Association of Arkansas Counties Board of Direc- tors made the decision this spring to undertake an expansion of space so that we can continue to grow our programs and services for our counties. Te expansion will take the form of a two-story, $1.75 million, 5,000-square-foot addition on the east side of the existing AAC building. It will house 16 offices and two conference rooms. It will also allow for minor-redesign of the east wing of the existing AAC building enabling us to use those spaces more efficiently.


Te architectural renderings of this expansion are below and we


believe this will be a wonderful addition to our existing struc- ture. Te Board of Directors has made the AAC a very strong enterprise, and their focus on providing more to the counties of Arkansas is evidenced by the vote to undertake this expansion.


Tese are exciting times for your association. We continue to position ourselves for the future, and steady leadership has guided us well. We measure our success not just on the recent victories but also on the planning we do for the years that lay ahead.


I offer an additional Mark Twain quote that I believe en- capsulates the spirit of not just our organization, but of the county officials that guide it: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


Chris Villines Chris Villines


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COUNTY LINES, SPRING 2013


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