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Arkansas Local Government

Residential services provided by local governments are under constant pressure from a changing population and economy. Our Local Government program provides community members and local officials with resources to plan the provision of infrastructure and services in the changing economic climate of the state. 

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Local governments are on the front line in responding to and helping control the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. They are also asked to assist local businesses to survive until the pandemic is under control. These are enormous tasks given the limited resources of local governments.

The first task is to help ensure that the pandemic is under control. This will not only save lives but will also minimize the cost to businesses and the local economy. There are many resources available to understand what needs to be done to control the pandemic. For the latest updates and information, please visit the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Coronavirus update site https://uaex.edu/covid-19/.

The following are some links to local government related information and resources to assist local leaders understand the magnitude and deal with the COVID-19 Coronavirus:

County and Municipal Information

For information on the latest on what’s happening in Arkansas counties go to the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) https://www.arcounties.org/counties/

For information on the latest on what counties are doing to address the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the national legislation affecting county governments go to the National Association of Counties (NACo) https://www.naco.org/resources/featured/coronavirus-disease-2019

For information on the latest on what’s happening in Arkansas municipalities go to the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) https://www.arml.org/

Crisis Leadership

The International City/County Management Association (IMCA) provides best practices for local government crisis leadership https://icma.org/ and also provides suggestions for responses to the Coronavirus pandemic. https://icma.org/coronavirus-crisis-response-resources-your-community 

Some topics include:

  • How to Encourage Community Building During the COVID-19 Crisis
  • $2 Trillion Senate Deal Includes Stimulus Fund for State and Local Governments
  • Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs
  • The New Normal: Communities Adjust to Conducting Business Remotely While Maintaining Citizen Input
  • Tracking and Managing Coronavirus Recovery Costs

The Alliance for Innovation provides innovative ideas for local governments to address cries. One article (among many) of interest is there commentary titled “During This Crisis Cities Must Think and Act Dramatically Differently.” https://www.transformgov.org/

 

Program Areas

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County Government Finance

Browse our print and electronic resources concerning county government finance in Arkansas. 

Explore county government finance

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Arkansas Property Taxes

Visit the Property Taxes page to learn about our print and electronic resources concerning property taxes in Arkansas.

Learn more about Arkansas property taxes

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Interlocal Agreements

Download the Interlocal Agreements fact sheet to learn how local governments in Arkansas work together to provide services and infrastructure to their communities.

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Arkansas Wet/Dry Map

The legal status of alcohol sales in Arkansas varies among and within counties.  This map will help you break down the law in every county in the state.

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