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RESOLUTION 2018-11

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-11

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF ENGAGEMENT LETTER WITH THRASH LAW FIRM P.A.

AND OTHERS TO FILE A MOTION TO INTERVENE IN A LAWSUIT AGAINST ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES FOR

GROSS RECEIPT TAXES OWED THE CITY OF JOHNSON.

 

 

WHEREAS, the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission filed suit in Jefferson County, Arkansas, in an attempt to collect gross receipts taxes from online travel companies;

WHEREAS, the Circuit Court has opened a window of time, expiring September 11, 2018, for other Arkansas Cities to intervene where the City may be owed gross receipts taxes by those online travel companies;

WHEREAS, there are two hotels in the City which frequently accommodate visitors from all over Arkansas and from other States and Countries;

WHEREAS, the City has received a proposed Letter of Agreement (see attached) to engage the Thrash Law Firm, P.A. along with other attorneys for the Plaintiffs, to represent the City in that proceeding; and,

WHEREAS, there are no fees or expenses for .which the City will be responsible to join such litigation and the Council desires to seek to join such litigation.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL 0F JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS, That:

Section I: That the city is very likely owed funds by online travel services for gross receipts taxes on bookings at hotels in Johnson.

Section 2: That the attached Letter of Agreement for represen'tation of the city of Johnson by Thrash Law Firm, P.A. and others in the matter of Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission, et al vs. Hotels.com, 6t al in Jefferson County, Arkansas, is hereby approved.

Section 3: That Daniel Wright, as City Attorney, is hereby authorized to execute such Letter of Agreement on behalf of the City and transmit same to Thrash Law Firm, P.A. to obtain the services of said firm and others in seeking to intervene in and prosecute the claim of the City in such litigation against the Defendants.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of August.

ATTEST:

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