City council approves special election on maintenance code

Special meeting for property code

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Registered voters in Jonesboro will have a say in whether or not to keep the newly enacted property maintenance code.

The Jonesboro City Council, at a special council meeting Friday afternoon, approved an ordinance calling for an election regarding the city's newly approved property maintenance code.

The election was sparked after a group called Repeal Jonesboro Property Code 105-2 collected 3,653 verified signatures to call for an election.

Mayor Harold Perrin originally asked for a 60 day grace period before the code went into effect.

He told Region 8 News after the meeting the council may take the rest of the grace period to tweak some of the concerns of the code.

"Some of this tweaking is really going to address some of the concerns the folks had and we are going to do that before it goes into effect with that 60 day amnesty so they are going to see that and I think they will like that," Perrin said.

Perrin said he wants to make sure all citizens are educated on the code.

"I want to make sure it is out in the open, totally transparent and let the people decide themselves," Perrin said.

The election will be held May 10.

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