A.R.S. § 26-2-114 - Taxpayer suit to recover taxes lost by corruption in office

Cite as:A.R.S. § 26-2-114
Currency:Current through the 91st General Assembly, First Extraordinary Session (2017)
 
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(a) If any taxpayer in any county in this state has knowledge of corruption in office whereby the State of Arkansas, or any county therein, has been deprived of its just revenues, he or she shall have the right, in his or her own name as a taxpayer, to institute legal proceedings against the officer, by a petition to the circuit judge sitting in equity, setting forth the facts and nature of the corrupt acts, together with exhibits and proofs, and the petition shall be verified by affidavit of the petitioner.

(b) Upon ten (10) days' notice to the defendant, the cause shall proceed as other causes. It shall be heard, tried, and determined at the first court after the petition has been filed if the required notice has been given.

(c)

(1) The proceedings authorized by this section shall be summary. However, if it shall appear to the circuit court that the ends of justice require it, a continuance may be granted to either party to the next term of the circuit court, but not thereafter.

(2) The party to whom the continuance is granted shall be required to enter into additional bond, the amount to be fixed and the security to be approved by the circuit court.

(d)

(1) Upon the trial, if it shall appear that the official acts of the officer are corrupt and fraudulent and by those acts and doings he or she shall have defrauded the State of Arkansas, or any county therein, of its just revenues, then a decree shall be entered against him or her ousting him or her from his or her office and declaring it to be vacant, and for all moneys which he or she may have unlawfully detained.

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