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Feb 15, 2016

City-Wide Vote Expected on “Onerous” Jonesboro Property Code

After the City of Jonesboro crammed a new property code down the throats of citizens (against much opposition), the “Repeal Property Code 105-2” group has now turned in over 5,000 signatures — more than double the required number — supporting a city-wide vote to repeal that code. Jonesboro activists have been steadily fighting their city...

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property-codeAfter the City of Jonesboro crammed a new property code down the throats of citizens (against much opposition), the “Repeal Property Code 105-2” group has now turned in over 5,000 signatures — more than double the required number — supporting a city-wide vote to repeal that code.

Jonesboro activists have been steadily fighting their city leadership after they passed an oppressive “property code” (based on international code) that, among other things, gives unelected city code officials the right to enter personal property (homes) they deem in violation of the code and allows the city to place liens against offending homes on the basis of neighbor code complaints.

The group’s attorney released this statement:

The city council passed a controversial Property Code Ordinance December 15, 2015, that applies to all existing residential and nonresidential structures and all existing premises both interior and exterior. The Code is almost identical to the International Property Maintenance Code, with only minor changes so it can be called Jonesboro Property Code.

The “right of entry” for the code official to enter the premises to inspect it has been one of the most offensive aspects of the Code.

Many citizens are also concerned that the elderly, the poor, and those on a fixed income will not be able to afford to meet the extensive code requirements and even face losing their homes since the code includes placing a lien on the homes if the code requirements are not met.

Six of the city council members voted for the Code and six voted against it; Mayor Harold Perrin broke the tie and voted For the Code, allowing it to be implemented. A group of concerned citizens formed Repeal Property Code 105-2 to repeal the ordinance passed by the city council and mayor of Jonesboro as they believe this is not the right law for Jonesboro.

Because Repeal Property Code 105-2 has taken this extraordinary action, all residents of the city of Jonesboro will have the opportunity to vote for the repeal of this onerous ordinance.

Those canvassing for Repeal Property Code 105-2 believe citizens should cast the deciding vote on this Property Maintenance Code, not the mayor.

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