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Council to Discuss Property Code Special Election

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  The Committee to Repeal Property Code 105-2 has submitted 585 pages of petitions opposing the controversial property maintenance code. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports, the committee submitted the petitions on February 12 bearing 5,032 signatures from Jonesboro voters asking for a special election.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said the committee needed 3,315 signatures for a special election to be called. 

The petition called for a special election to be held on Tuesday, May 3rd, the Tuesday before the special election for the Ward 6, position 1 Alderman replacement.  City officials say it is up to the Jonesboro City Council to approve the date for a special election. 

The council nearly passed the property maintenance code in December 2015 after Mayor Harold Perrin cast the tie breaking vote. 

Opponents of the maintenance code were concerned about the interior requirements of the ordinance.  Perrin postponed the enforcement of the ordinance to March 15th for educating the community on the code. 

The council is to discuss the special election for the code at their March 1st meeting.