Hughes v. Jackson, County Judge

Decision Date12 April 1948
Docket Number4-8579
Citation210 S.W.2d 312,213 Ark. 243
PartiesHughes v. Jackson, County Judge
CourtArkansas Supreme Court

Rehearing Denied May 10, 1948.

Appeal from Clark Chancery Court; A. P. Steel, Chancellor.


Hebert & Dobbs, for appellant.

James Pilkinton, G. W. Lookadoo, J. H. Lookadoo and McMillan & McMillan, for appellee.


Griffin Smith, Chief Justice.

By amendment No. 25 to the Constitution "County Hospital" was added to the purposes for which bonds might be issued under Amendment 17.

Certain taxpayers have appealed from equity's decree dissolving a temporary injunction and dismissing the complaint. Effect is to permit issuance of $ 200,000 in bonds for construction of a Clark County hospital, with a levy of two and a half mills to pay principal and interest.

The vote for construction was, prima facie, 1,434, with 1,100 against. For the building tax returns as certified showed 1,431; against, 1,103.

Amendment 17 provides that when the question is submitted for consideration of the voters, (in the instant case by special call) procedure governing general elections shall apply. Act 294 of 1929 facilitates the purposes intended to be served by Amendments 17 and 25. Although this statute was enacted before Amendment 17 was amended, our decisions are to the effect that when substance of Amendment 25 was brought into Amendment 17, the latter (prospectively) would be treated as having been enlarged, hence Act 294 is germane where its terms do not conflict with the basic law.

By Act 294 appeals from County Court orders may be taken within thirty days "as to the result of the election". Pope's Digest, § 2470; A. S. v. 2, § 13-1216. [1]

The County Court adjudication that necessity for a hospital existed was recorded Sept. 12, 1947. An election was called for October 21. October 27 (pursuant to certification by the Board of Election Commissioners that a majority of those voting favored the project and had approved the tax) the County Court made its official finding; and on November 17 Quorum Court levied the authorized tax.

November 26 other taxpayers joined with A. R. Hughes in filing in Chancery what they denominated a "Petition of Appeal from, and Review of, Order and Finding of Clark County Court and for Injunction". It was alleged that in finding that necessity required construction of a hospital the Judge acted upon his own initiative, hence the act was not that of the County Court; and, being non-judicial it was void, and the election pursuant to this arbitrary determination was without legal foundation. It was also contended that election irregularities were so widespread as to create a presumption of fraud, and the people were deprived of a fair expression.

We do not consider the charges of irregularities. Under the Constitution appeals from judgments of the County Court are to Circuit Court, under such restrictions as may be prescribed by law. Art. 7, § 33. The time within which an appeal may be taken has been limited to six months. Pope's Digest, § 2913.

Appellants think that because Act 294 of 1929 (Pope's Digest, § 2470) does not mention the court to which electors may appeal, the jurisdiction of Chancery is available in the circumstances here, injunctive relief having been asked. While it is true that Act 294 does not name the court of redress, the Constitution does. We are...

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  • Hollis v. Erwin
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Arkansas
    • 3 Febrero 1964
    ...amended Section 1 of the original Amendment No. 17 so as to add 'county hospital' to Section 1 of Amendment No. 17. See Hughes v. Jackson, 213 Ark. 243, 210 S.W.2d 312; and Garner v. Lowery, 221 Ark. 571, 254 S.W.2d 680.3 Bonner v. Jackson, 158 Ark. 526, 251 S.W. 1: Forehand v. State, 53 Ar......
  • Jones v. Dixon, 5-1297
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Arkansas
    • 3 Junio 1957
    ...the construction of a county hospital, as well as a court house and county jail as authorized by Amendment No. 17. In Hughes v. Jackson, 213 Ark. 243, 210 S.W.2d 312, 313, this court said: 'Act 294 of 1929 facilitates the purposes intended to be served by Amendments 17 and 25. Although this......
  • Ponder v. Richardson
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Arkansas
    • 12 Abril 1948
    ...... township 15, range 1 in Lawrence county contains 149.46 acres. according to government survey; so the west ......
  • Hughes v. Jackson, 4-8549.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Arkansas
    • 12 Abril 1948
    .... 210 S.W.2d 312. HUGHES et al. v. JACKSON, County Judge, et al. No. 4-8549. Supreme Court of Arkansas. April 12, 1948. Rehearing Denied May 10, 1948.         Appeal from Chancery Court, Clark ......

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