Baxter County is located in the north central section of Arkansas and is approximately 600 square miles. Baxter County has elevations ranging from 800 to 1,400 feet. Baxter County was formed on March 24, 1873, from parts of Fulton, Izard, Marion and Searcy Counties and was named for Elisha Baxter, then the Governor of Arkansas. Mountain Home is the County seat.
Mountain Home is the county seat. The landscape of Baxter County is rugged and mountainous. The county courthouse sits between two of the states largest lakes, Bull Shoals and Norfolk. The third floor rooms of the courthouse were added between 1908 and 1912 to give a third floor because the previous courthouse only had two stories, and in the early nineteen hundreds another thriving town in Baxter County was trying to get to be the county seat, therefore the Arkansas Legislature passed an Act requiring the courthouse to have three stories; thus, a third story was built in a hurry. The courthouse is located fourteen miles from the oldest courthouse in Arkansas, the log house of Major Wolfe, built in 1809 and still standing at the town of Norfork. Over the past three decades, the population of Baxter County has boomed. Much of the countys growth and more than half its tax dollars can be traced to tourism and retirement. Visitors often return to take up residence. Other resources include a technical campus of Arkansas State University and a fine regional medical center located in Mountain Home. The county has a large water-base recreation such as the White River, North Fork River, Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake and the Buffalo National River.
The County has approximately 210 miles of state maintained highways and has approximately 900 miles of locally maintained roads. Baxter County was the 12th fastest-growing county in the state, according to the latest census, increasing from 31,186 in 1990 to 41,513 in 2010. Mountain Home, the County Seat, had a population of 12,363 in 2016. Other incorporated areas of the County in order by population are Gassville (2,131), Cotter (948), Lakeview (725), Norfork (499), Salesville (448), Briarcliff (234), and Big Flat (104).
The county has two hydroelectric dams operated by the Corps of Engineers. Norfork Dam is located on the North Fork River at river mile 4.8, four miles northeast of Norfork. Bull Shoals Dam is located on the White River at the river mile 418.6 in Baxter and Marion counties, seven miles north of Cotter and 10 miles west of Mountain Home.
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The Baxter County Board of Equalization will be in session August 1st through October 1, 2018. The Equalization Board will begin taking appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning August 6th. If you wish to appeal your assessed property values, please contact the Baxter County Clerk's Office at 425-3475 to schedule a hearing before the Equalization Board. The Equalization Board does not deal with property taxes, but only has authority to address appraised and assessed property values. The deadline to schedule an appointment with the Equalization Board is 4:30 p.m. on August 20, 2018.
Baxter County Jurors do not need to report for Jury Duty on Monday, September 24, 2018.
Baxter County Jurors will need to report for Jury Duty on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 9:00am, at the Court Complex. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Clerk's Office at 425-3475.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to check your smoke alarms at least once a month, by pushing the test button on the alarm. USFA estimates that more than 2,500 people die in home fires each year in the United States largely due to non-functioning smoke alarms. A functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death.
USFA offers these life-saving tips to protect your family from a home fire:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom;
Install interconnected smoke alarms in your home, so when one alarms sounds they all sound; and
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or older.
“ Baxter County Judge Mickey D. Pendergrass, Justice of the Peace District #8 Edna Fusco and Justice of the Peace District #2 Luci Soltysik spent Monday and Tuesday, August 20th and 21st in Washington D.C. While in Washington D.C. they met with Senator Boozman and toured the White House and met White House staff. The main reason for the trip was to attend a conference at the White House where they heard from multiple speakers including Vice President Pence.”
Get a bird's-eye view of the Baxter County, Arkansas courthouse. This video was created by the Association of Arkansas Counties.
Baxter County Government
1 East 7th Street Mountain Home, AR 72653
Office Hours Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. To 4:30 p.m.