City joins cooperative purchasing program, adopts budget

Paragould City Clerk Andrea Williams and Mayor Josh Agee with old records to be destroyed that the city council authorized this week. “I promised I’d clean up the city,” Agee joked, “and I figured I’d start here at city hall.”

By resolution of its city council, the city of Paragould has joined the cooperative purchasing program HGACBuy, a government-to-government procurement service.

Paragould Mayor Josh Agee told the council that the city had become aware of HGACBuy as a result of Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang’s conversations with officials in the Jonesboro Fire Department regarding procurement of a rescue truck for his own department. “He realized that they purchased a lot of their vehicles through this HGACBuy cooperative,” Agee said, “and that if we join, it’s just one more place where we can save money.”

The mayor noted that the local school boards, other cities, the federal government, the state of Arkansas and various other government entities use the service. “It’s just one more tool that we have to buy products and services through,” he said, “to help save the taxpayers money. They have police cars, park equipment – just about anything that we would need.”

The council also adopted the 2021 city budget it approved at the Dec. 14, 2020 meeting. “The council accepted it,” Agee said, “but it did not [adopt] the resolution. It was just an oversight.”

The budget has anticipated revenues of $21,932,162.95 and appropriations of $23,128,927.47. There is a shortfall of $1,196,764.52, but the city retains a total of $21,507,856.39 in unappropriated funds.

The council also adopted a resolution authorizing destruction (in accordance with state law) of numerous documents that are more than seven years old.

And it adopted a resolution attaching liens to two properties, to cover the city’s cost to clean them up. the properties, owners and cleanup costs are:

641 N. Sixth St., owned by Rose Rental Properties, for $260.32

1104 Royal St., owned by JNB Properties LLC, for $69.37

As usual, a tax lien ensures that the city of Paragould gets first claim over other creditors vying for the property with the lien. It also prevents the delinquent taxpayer from selling or refinancing the assets to which liens have been attached.

To satisfy a tax lien, the delinquent taxpayer must pay what is owed, get the debt dismissed in bankruptcy court, or reach an offer in compromise with the city.

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