City to move welcome sign to avoid 'billboard fee'

City to move welcome sign to avoid 'billboard fee'
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro City Council approved the purchase .38 acres of land along Highway 18 Tuesday night.

According to Mayor Harold Perrin, they plan to move their "Welcome to Jonesboro" sign from its current location a few miles away to this new piece of land.

Mayor Perrin explained that the person who owns the land where the sign sits now wants to charge the city $600 a month to keep the sign there.

The landowner called the cost a "billboard fee."

Mayor Perrin said they will be moving the sign a few miles closer to city limits on .38 acres of land.

The city will pay $15,000 for the land.

Mayor Perrin expects the city will have to do something similar to the "Welcome to Jonesboro" sign on Highway 1 soon.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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