ADVISORY OPINION NO. 99-EC-010
Issued August 27, 1999
A suburban improvement district is a “governmental body.” Ark. Code Ann. § 21-8-402(6) defines “governmental body” as including any board or commission of an “improvement district.” Being elected members of a governmental body, commissioners of a suburban improvement district meet the definition of “public official” as contained in Ark. Code Ann. § 21-8-402(16) and are therefore required to file an annual statement of financial interest.
The Commission notes that the requirements imposed by this opinion are prospective. Thus, commissioners of suburban improvement districts will be required to file a statement of financial interest covering the 1999 calendar year. That statement of financial interest must be filed on or before January 31, 2000. See Ark. Code Ann. § 21-8-701(c)(2).
This advisory opinion is issued by the Arkansas Ethics
Commission pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 7-6-217(g)(2).
JoAnn M. Adcock