Third quarter economic conditions were relatively unchanged in the Fort Smith region compared to the 2009 period, with declines in sales tax collections and building permit values and no employment growth likely preventing a better economic grade.
The first of three new faces on the Fort Smith board of directors was sworn in Tuesday (Nov. 16), with George Catsavis casting his first official vote to approve a five-year consolidated plan for a Fort Smith program receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The board of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority formally approved Wednesday (Nov. 10) the request of $25,000 each from Crawford County, Sebastian County, the city of Fort Smith and the city of Van Buren.
The combined $100,000 would help fund RITA through Dec. 31, 2011.
The balance between quality service and financially meeting debt covenants and ongoing maintenance and operations with Fort Smith’s water and sewer system dominated the second in a series of three city hearings on the 2011 budget.
The first 2.5 hours of Fort Smith’s fiscal year 2011 budget hearings were calm and quiet, with most of the comments from city directors and recently elected members of the city board focused on areas to make reasonable budget cuts.