Lake City is one of six municipalities statewide that will get to keep their state revenue offices open. The Department of Finance and Administration scheduled the closing or consolidating of 33 revenue offices across the state on Dec. 1 in an effort to save money.
Lake City Mayor Jerry Bowman said he is pleased with the decision. Mayor Bowman, along with Craighead County Judge Dale Haas, Monette Mayor David Fletcher, Caraway Mayor Joe South, Brookland Mayor Joe McKeel, Bono Mayor L.M. Duncan, Black Oak Mayor Norman Williams, Senator Jerry Bookout, and state Representatives Billy Gipson, Monette, Paul Bookout Jonesboro and several Craighead County residents met with Governor Mike Huckabee on Tuesday requesting the Lake City revenue office be left open.
Craighead County agreed to pick up 72 percent of the cost.
Lake City is one of only two revenue offices in Craighead County.
"We are glad it will remain open in the Eastern District," Bowman said. "Citizens not only from Lake City but Brookland, Monette, Black Oak, Caraway, Bay and other areas utilize Lake City's office."
Craighead County Dale Haas said the revenue office in Lake City will be moved into the Lake City Court House. The revenue office was located in the court house when the old courthouse was in use. Having both offices in the same building will be convenient for the customers. The office should be relocated by the first of the year.
"They listened to us and we all agreed to work together on a state and county level to share costs and resolved the issue," Judge Haas said. "We are glad to be able to keep the office open. I would like to see all of the offices remain open, however, we are fortunate to have one remain open in the Buffalo Island area. I am happy that Craighead County is financially in a position to take on this added responsibility."
Other reported offices to remain open are Charleston, Rector in Clay County, Hazen, Mountainburg and Maumelle.