Audit Reveals 3 Major Issues for Blytheville

Feb 19, 2016

An audit of the City of Blytheville reveals 3 major issues involving sales taxes, the police chief’s office, and the Advertising and Promotions Commission.

The Jonesboro Sun reports in the audit released Wednesday the city failed to file and pay over $1 million dollars in sales and use taxes between September 2008 and August 2014.

Early last February, the city mortgaged a piece of land and signed an agreement with the state Department of Finance and Administration for 30 monthly payments of $36,437 with 2.5% interest.

Blytheville owes over three million dollars in unpaid payroll taxes and penalties.  A special election is set for March 13th, but there are concerns about this issue.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

The annual Lights of the Delta continue through Christmas in Blytheville.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report on how the event has spurred economic growth in the town.

Lights of the Delta continues in Blytheville.  Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways Dr. Ruth Hawkins talks with KASU's Johnathan Reaves about what the event means to the state in terms of tourism. 

Lights of the Delta is going on in Blytheville.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Executive Director George Hubbard about the Lights and the impact they have had on Blytheville.