A voter-approved property tax dedicated to public education cannot be diverted by a city to support bonds for other public purposes, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Feb. 21.

The court said the city of Fayetteville erred when it allocated a portion of a 2.75 mill increase in the property tax to support bonds for an economic development effort. The opinion upheld an earlier ruling by a circuit court in favor of Fayetteville School District No. 1.

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