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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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Learn about conditions impacting rural Arkansas with the Rural Profile of Arkansas 2019.  Just released, the Profile includes analaysis of topics like:

  • Population,
  • Economy,
  • Infrastructure,
  • Social & Economic Stress,
  • Health,
  • Education and
  • Local Government.

Download a free PDF copy of the Rural Profile of Arkansas 2019 or visit to order print copies for a nominal fee.

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

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Recent News & Blog Posts

Feb. 1, 2019
- Rural Profile 2019: Arkansas economy grows; rural growth lags behind state average
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.