He also said, "I don't know why anyone would do business with this city." This was in reference to some vendors receiving their money directly out of tax collections before delivery to the city. For an example, the bond company that issued the landfill bonds receives its funds directly from the sales tax that is dedicated to it. This is not an unusual arrangement. He also pointed out the utility companies deduct the city's bill from the franchise tax payments, which was an arrangement made dating back to the Miller administration in the former city of Helena.
One of the lawsuits that Lee listed as a sure loser was the lawsuit against the city from former Mayor Johnny Weaver concerning retirement benefits. A case on this issue has already been heard once by the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Valley administration won that case. The issue is whether or not Weaver was entitled to begin receiving retirement benefits at age 55 or when he turns 60 this year. The council voted to proceed to court and begin the retirement payments in a few months when Weaver turns 60.
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