Jonesboro City Council wrap up

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) The City of Jonesboro will not raise taxes in order to help increase police and fire pension funds.  The tax will stay at half a mil.

Instead, the city will be allowed to used some funds generated from the half cent sales tax increase voters passed in August to help fund public safety.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says that does fall in the parameters of what this public safety tax can help fund.  He says the city wanted to look at every option available so they wouldn't have to raise taxes.

"We will not be increasing the millage to one mil we'll just keep it the same.   The funds that we take from the sales tax, obviously I'm going to sit down with the police chief and fire chief and make some adjustment on the budget that we're in the process of doing now for 2011," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

After an evaluation of both police and fire pension funds, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the funds had a deficiency because return and payout didn't meet the plan.  He says he will meet with a group out of Little Rock to examine the deficiency problems and work on fixing it.

Also at Tuesday night's council meeting, continuing it's efforts to rid the city of empty, dilapidated, and dangerous properties, the Jonesboro City Council voted to condemn two properties.  One is the property at 1205 West Washington.

The other is at 614 West Jefferson.

Jonesboro Code Enforcement officer Ronnie Shaver says the  owners have already given the go ahead to the city to demolish the property. Shaver says cleaning up these properties is a safety issue.

"What ends up happening one, they get broken into, they're stripped, the next thing you know there's a lot of drug activities.   The next thing you know we're getting calls so we're having to deal with these issues," said Shaver.

Mayor Perrin says city employees that cover the city daily like police officers can turn in  properties that might need attention from the city when it comes to getting them cleaned up.

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