Arkansas-side board discusses streets, water, airport terminal

    The Texarkana, Arkansas, board of directors met Monday to discuss the budget for 2022-23.

    Tyler Richards, the director of public works, lauded progress with streets and lots, which was met with enthusiasm by directors. 

    Tricia Briggs, finance director of Texarkana Water Utilities, gave a presentation on the breakdown of expenses utilized which Mayor Brown said was a sign the city was on the road to recovery. 

    Brown, however, seemed cautious about the cost of the new airport terminal, which the Arkansas and Texas sides of the city mutually agreed to share the expense of years ago.  The terminal expense appears to be exceeding budget expectations that were initially agreed upon. 

    Brown said that, while it would be a hardship since Arkansas does not have the high revenues of Texas, Arkansas would keep its side of the agreement, though he would rather put the money to use repairing the city infrastructure.  Brown pointed to comments he made years ago, predicting that the cost would increase to an untenable level. 

    Jay Ellington, city manager, said that the 30 applicants for chief of police have been narrowed down to four.

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