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Arkansas Local Government

The services demanded by residents and 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. Explore our pages to learn more about the functions of local governments, sales and property taxes, and more.

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The newest version of Arkansas Property Tax: A Local Tax Supporting Local Services (FSCED 17) is now available to download.  The fact sheet is an overview of property tax revenues received by the different taxing units in Arkansas and shows how property tax dollars are spent.  Also included are analyses of who pays property tax in the state and the property tax burden in Arkansas compared to other states.

The fact sheet can also be found at  Paper copies of all of our publications can be purchased through

If you have questions about any of our local government publications, please contact Tyler Knapp: 501-671-2241 or

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Recent News & Blog Posts

Jun. 14, 2018 - Coming Up this Summer: Free Property Assessment Webinar Series
Apr. 13, 2018 - Updated County Government Finance PowerPoints Available Online
Jan. 4, 2018 - Arkansas Takes Aim at Soft Drinks and Candy with Changes to State Sales Tax Law
Dec. 7, 2017 - Wet State, Dry County: Local Option Elections for Alcohol Sales in Arkansas
Sept. 14, 2017 - Arkansas property tax info available online
Sept. 8, 2017
- A New Tool for Estimating Your Property Tax Liability

Program Areas

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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.