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story.lead_photo.caption Verizon Arena is shown in this 2012 file photo.

After he cast a no vote, a Pulaski County Quorum Court member left the Tuesday night meeting to protest spending $100,000 toward replacing Verizon Arena's scoreboard.

When presented with the appropriation ordinance, Justice of the Peace Robert Green said spending the money that way upsets him. He mentioned people in his district who need help getting floodwater out of their yards.

Green headed toward the exit, then shouted his vote when his name was called. Barry Hyde, the county judge of Pulaski County, said Green must be seated to cast his vote, so Green walked back to his chair before delivering a forceful, "No."

Verizon Arena is overseen by the Multi-Purpose Civic Center Facilities Board, which was set up by Pulaski County, though the arena does not regularly take any county money.

Replacing the current scoreboard is needed, and the board is getting a good deal, Rett Tucker, the board's chairman, told the Quorum Court before Tuesday's vote.

In addition to asking Pulaski County to pitch in $100,000, the board also approached Little Rock and North Little Rock for assistance.

At a previous meeting, Quorum Court member Tyler Denton said the appropriation is a "great economic development opportunity."

Currently, certain sporting events that would boost the local economy won't even consider Verizon Arena because of the scoreboard, he said.

The appropriation ordinance passed 10-3, with one abstention and one person absent.

Ethelene Johnson, who lives in an unincorporated part of Pulaski County, addressed the Quorum Court after the vote was cast.

If there's money for Verizon Arena, Johnson said, "Why can't we have something in our community to keep us from having to move every time we have a flood?"

Metro on 04/25/2018

Print Headline: Scoreboard funds OK'd over protest

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  • hogfan2012
    April 25, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

    Isn't Verizon arena a "for-profit" establishment? As much as they charge for their events, they should be able to supply their own equipment. Especially this year with as many events as they are having. It is nice to have Verizon arena, but I don't think tax dollars should be helping them make upgrades like a scoreboard - which is used how many times a year? One Razorback basketball game a year, one Harlem Globetrotter game a year, I guess they might use the timer during rodeo/bull riding events, and when else?????

  • tomspann
    April 25, 2018 at 12:29 p.m.

    This is an absolutely ridiculous expenditure.

  • mario2see_aol.com
    April 27, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

    RIDICULOUS a waste of my tax dollars. I will be calling those on the board who is wasting money on a scoreboard. If they want a new score board have Verizon raise the money from some where else.
    here is a link to the board members information:
    pulaskicounty.n e t/pulaski-county-quorum-court/

  • nlrar009
    April 27, 2018 at 8:50 a.m.

    Verizon Arena is a county owned property, overseen by the Pulaski County Multi-Purpose Civic Center Facilities Board. The current scoreboard does not meet standards for conference type games. If the arena wants to attract any more major basketball games the scoreboard must be upgraded.

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