EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- The Eureka Springs School district went by the book -- and the numbers -- and won an important court case this week. A judge ruled the little school system does not have to turn over $825,000 that the Arkansas Education Department considered a tax surplus. His decision said it’s unconstitutional for the state to keep locally collected property taxes for education.
The decision was music to the ears of faculty and staff who've endured pay cuts and costlier healthcare benefits to balance this year's school budget.
“As of right now, things are looking up, and we feel good about Judge Fox's ruling,” said Middle School Principal Cindy Holt.
The Arkansas Education Department unsuccessfully argued Eureka Springs should share its wealth with other districts that are struggling to meet educational needs.