Another Letter from Jonesboro Mayor's Office Creating Controversy

OCTOBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - An inaccurate letter sent out by the Jonesboro mayor's office was the hot topic of last night's City Council meeting.

Approximately 800 citizens were informed via a letter from the mayor's office that their property was in a designated flood plain.  But, the letter was based on an old map designating flood plains, which means some residents that received the letter are not in a flood plain at all.

Mayor Doug Formon apologized for the letter, but said it was mailed with good intentions, and will be retracted by the city.

Alderman Alec Farmer questioned the timing of the letter, saying it could provoke negative attention for council members who are up for re-election.  "Those four people have worked their tails off for the city for the last four years.  To even have one person vote against those four people because of a letter sent out by the's beyond comprehension how that can happen," said Farmer.

The Council asked the mayor to send out another letter correcting the mistake by Friday.

This incident comes less than a month after another letter promoting a fundraising event for CASA that was linked to the mayor was sent out.  Formon said that letter was distributed without his approval.