Counties, cities encourage citizens to conduct business online

Thursday, March 12,  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the number of presumptive positive coronavirus patients in the state has grown to six. That number is likely to rise as state officials continue to track the individuals with whom these six patients have come into contact. Therefore, the Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) and the Arkansas Municipal League (ARML) encourage Arkansans to conduct their county and city business online as much as possible. Even much state business can be conducted online.
 
“Limiting the risk of exposure to state and local officials, as well as to the public, is of paramount concern at this time,” said AAC Executive Director Chris Villines. Most counties offer, for instance, online payment of property taxes through the Arkansas Property Tax Center. Citizens may access the Center through this web site: https://portal.arkansas.gov/pages/property-tax-center/. Many counties also offer online assessment of personal property and other online services.
 
“If you have a question about what types of business a county or city can conduct online, feel free to call county and city officials. They can walk you through that,” Villines said.
 
The Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently rolled out a new program called Skip the Trip. Through the DMV’s web site, https://mydmv.arkansas.gov, citizens may register a new vehicle, renew a vehicle registration, and request a duplicate driver’s license or state identification card, among other things.
 
“In this day and age, cities and towns have the ability to transact e-business more than ever before. The League strongly recommends that you utilize these services during a time such as this. We want our members to be safe and err on the side of caution,” said League Executive Director Mark R. Hayes.
 
The Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) have both activated call centers. The Department of Health Triage Line is 800-803-7847, and the ACH number is 800-743-3616.
 
The Arkansas Department of Health is also providing real-time information on the status of COVID-19 at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus.

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