Little River Co. trimming costs after revenue drop

ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) - Little River County in southwest Arkansas is trimming its budget after a major drop this year in sales tax revenue.

County Judge Clayton Castleman says sales tax revenue is down by about $720,000 this year. Castleman says residents are driving out of town to shop, which has led to the sharp decrease.

No layoffs are currently planned but the county is cutting back in other ways. According to the Texarkana Gazette, county employees must now pay a share of their dental and vision insurance, which is expected to save about $24,000 annually.

The county will also start charging $75 for large trash boxes that were previously free, and the landfill will now be closed on Saturdays.

Castleman says travel will also be limited for county officials and employees.

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