Arkansas Schools Ask State Supreme Court Not to Reconsider Property Tax Ruling

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lawyers for the Fountain Lake and Eureka Springs school districts made the request Friday. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the high court earlier this month to rehear the case.

Justices ruled in November that state education officials cannot withhold excess money from the two school districts, where higher property tax collections pushed the districts above total school funding levels set by state law. The court said current law doesn't allow the Arkansas Department of Education to redistribute excess money from a state-mandated minimum property tax to other school districts.

McDaniel said the ruling throws into question past rulings directing the state to provide a substantially equal and adequate education for its students. He argued that could create huge disparities among the state's districts.

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