A request for money to cover the costs of the upcoming special school millage election and the May political party primaries will be considered by committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court when they meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

A request for money to cover the costs of the upcoming special school millage election and the May political party primaries will be considered by committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court when they meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Jefferson County Election Commission has requested a $160,000 appropriation from the County General Fund, and that requested appropriation will be on the agenda for the Finance Committee of the county’s legislative body.

According to a letter from Election Coordinator Will Fox that was included with the appropriation request, there will be substantial reimbursements to the general fund from the Watson Chapel School District, which is asking for a millage hike, and from the political parties fielding candidates in the primaries.

Fox said the requested funds should cover currently scheduled elections, but more money will be needed later in the year because of expected large school elections, since all the board members in every school district in the county will have to run if their district has changed because of redistricting, as well as the general election and likely runoff.

Also Tuesday, an ordinance approving and adopting a map and description of township boundaries in the county that was created by the election commission will be considered.

State law requires that counties divide land into Quorum Court districts, and also allows for counties to create townships, subdivide those already established, and to alter township lines based on population.

Fox said that during the redistricting process that created new boundary lines for justices of the peace, the election commission was unable to find a clear and concise map of townships in the County Clerk’s files, or in files held by the Arkansas Secretary of State.

A resolution endorsing the participation of Horizon Foods in the state Tax Back program is also on the agenda.

The company, which purchased the former Tyson Foods plant on West 2nd Avenue, has asked for benefits resulting from the purchase and installation of new equipment for the facility, which will initially create 175 new jobs, and a total of 329 jobs within three years.

State law provides that when a purchase is made in the state, all of the sales tax collected on that purchase is paid to the state, which then sends cities and counties their portion of the tax.

Under the Tax Back program, that money is given back to the company, rather than the state, county or city, as if the purchase was never made.

Currently, the county sales and use tax rate is 1.25 percent, and the refundable state tax is 5 percent. For a company to receive the maximum 6.25 percent benefit, the state requires that the city or county participate, as well as the state. If the county does not pass the resolution, Horizon Foods would not be able to receive any money.

The Tax Back program also requires that the company, in this case Horizon Foods, sign a job creation agreement with the state.

Other items on the agenda include:

• A proposed $3,000 appropriation for the Highway 15 Volunteer Fire Department with the money coming from a grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.

• A proposed $12,000 appropriation for the Community Empowerment Council with the money coming from a grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.

• A proposed $12,548.26 appropriation for the Jefferson County Tax Collector to pay for a new file server.

• A proposed $3,000 appropriation for the County Treasurer to cover the costs of annual disaster recovery and backup validation services that are required by state law.