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County Lines Magazine

County Lines is the official publication of the Association of Arkansas Counties. It is published quarterly. For advertising inquiries, subscriptions or other informa- tion relating to the magazine, please con- tact Christy L. Smith or Scott Perkins at 501.372.7550.

Executive Director / Publisher Chris Villines

Communications Director/ Managing Editor Scott Perkins

Communications coordinator/ Editor

Christy L. Smith

AAC Executive Board: Mike Jacobs – President

Roger Haney – Vice President

Judy Beth Hutcherson – Secretary-Treasurer Sherry Bell Sue Liles

Andrea Billingsley John Montgomery Rhonda Cole

David Thompson Will Jones

Debra Buckner Bear Chaney Jimmy Hart

Patrick Moore Joe Gillenwater Bill Hollenbeck Debbie Wise

National Association of Counties (NACo) Board Affiliations

Alvin Black: Public Lands Steering Committee. He is the Montgomery County Judge.

Roger Haney: Board of Directors. He is the Wash- ington County Treasurer and is also on the Telecom- munications & Technology Steering Committee.

Ted Harden: Finance & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee. He serves on the Jefferson County Quorum Court.

Haze Hudson: Transportation Steering Committee. He serves on the Miller County Quorum Court.

David Hudson: Vice Chair of NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee. He is the Sebastian County Judge and member of the Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee.

Mike Jacobs: NACo Board of Directors, the Mem- bership Committee and the Agricultural & Rural Affairs Steering Committee. He is the Johnson County Judge.


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church on Sundays and heading out for dinners and movies as time allows. One day the parents call the son into the kitchen and initiate the all too familiar family conference.

I “Son,” the father says “your mother and I have been doing some thinking. You

are now 13, and all that you do is dependent on us. You are, for all intents, a subdi- vision of our family. We are tasked with the responsibility of caring for you and as such we believe we’ve done a pretty good job of clothing you, feeding you, provid- ing a house for comfort and safety and generally giving all the sustenance that a young man could need, wouldn’t you agree?”

“Sure,” replied the son. “You are the best parents a growing boy could have!”

Te mother engaged, “Tat’s great to hear, Junior, because we believe these things to be our responsibility, and we are happy to provide you with what you need.” She continued, “Junior, our budget has ups and downs, and we have to squeeze things around here from time to time to make ends meet … you know that, right?”

“I do,” said Junior.

Te dad interjected, “Good, good ... so we are all on the same page. Junior, your mother and I need to do some financial juggling, so we have come up with a plan that will work well for all of us as we move forward. Right now we pay about $2,400 per year for your health insurance, and we have determined that the best way to handle this from this point forward is to let you pay this health insurance yourself.”

Junior, not even knowing he had health insurance, was perplexed to say the least.

Dad continued, “So, today, we called our insurance agent and asked that he start sending you the bill for this insurance — but don’t worry, we will give you a $200 allowance per month so you can pay the bill.”

Junior replied, “Well, I guess that will be alright, but I don’t quite understand.” “Wait a minute,” mom interjected. “It’s all taken care of, we are here for you and

we want to make this work.”

Junior paused and reflected for a minute. He thought back to his 7th grade ac- counting class and the lessons Mr. E. Jones was teaching him, and he wisely asked, “Well, I have learned about inflation, and I know from watching all the political ads lately that my insurance is going to go up, so will you continue to increase the pay as my insurance gets more expensive?”

Dad sat back, thought for a minute, and said, “Well, son, inflation does happen, but it might not. I think we’re pretty firm at the $200 per month because that’s all we can really afford … you know we haven’t had a raise in years and sometimes we

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Director’s Desk

magine, if you will, a middle class family with a young son somewhere in suburban Arkansas. Te family chemistry is wonderful, they spend time together recreating and enjoying life, attending

Chris Villines AAC

Executive Director

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