Flippin city officials setting out in preparation for the next census count in 2020 got quite a surprise, as did a number of property owners northeast of the Marion County municipality.
Flippin City Council member Jennifer Porter says while reviewing a city map, they learned a part of the city was annexed in 1997 with all necessary documentation, with the exception of notification to the Arkansas Secretary of State. The revelation came as news to the city's current administration. The discovery has since been shared with all those property owners impacted by the action more than 20 years ago.
As a follow-up to the notification, a public meeting is being held at 5:00 Tuesday evening at the old Flippin Elementary School cafeteria. Porter says it is an opportunity for those with questions to have them addressed directly by the council, its attorney and a representative of the Arkansas Municipal League.
Porter says in 1997 the annexed area was not developed, with only a couple of homes. Today, she says the area has been developed with homes, although she did not have a number to provide.
Since the discovery in August, Porter says a great number of questions have been investigated.
Porter says for those homeowners impacted by the discovery, there are benefits for them being part of the city.
Porter says the discovery has a significant impact on the city's operation.
With notification having been sent to the secretary of state, Porter says the change will come in 2020 for the taxing year 2019.
For those unable to attend Tuesday's meeting, Porter says they are welcome to visit with officials at city hall to have their questions and concerns addressed.
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