Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Today, Early Voting Starts for Repealing the Jonesboro Property Code

Notice by Debbie Pelley:

Stop The Jonesboro Property Code
 - Vote FOR Repeal
+May 10th Special Election 
- Early voting starts Tuesday, May 3
Note the first paragraph in red font.

[A]104.3 Right of entry. "the code official is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or perform the duties imposed by this code...If entry is refused, the code official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry." P. 7 Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code passed Dec. 15, 2015 with tie vote. The mayor broke the tie for the code.  

The group, Repeal Property Code 105-2, submitted its petition to the county so that a special election may be held to vote on the repeal of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code. Sixty canvassers collected more than 5,000 signatures in 22 days. This referendum speaks loudly to the people's willingness to stand up to the City Council when they approve a measure that is not supported by the people. The group asks all voters of the city of Jonesboro to come out to the special election, and vote FOR repeal of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code.

There will be two sections on the ballot on the Special Election on May 10.  The top part of the ballot will have the candidates for the city council and the lower portion will read:

Repealing the Jonesboro Property
Maintenance Code 105-2
m For
m  Against

If you want to stop the new Property Code, you will mark FOR. (You are voting For the repeal)

The Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code aka International Property Maintenance Code:

·       Applies to "all existing residential and nonresidential structures," commercial and private property. (101.2)
·       Applies to interior and exterior (305.1)
·       Adds restrictions to you leasing, selling, and even mortgaging your property. (107.6)
·       Is all-inclusive: including such insignificant issues as cracks in concrete and the glaze on your windows. (101.2 & 305.1 & 301.1.1 & 304.13 & 304.13.1 & 304.3.1)
·       Worse yet: An unelected code official appointed by the Mayor is given authority to enforce and interpret the code and make all inspections. (103.2 & 102.8 & 103.1 & 104.1 & 104.2)
·       This same code official has "right of entry," the authority to enter your home to inspect it even without your permission." [A] 104.3
·       And this Code Official and his employees are "relieved from all personal liability for any damage accruing to persons or property" and gets free legal counsel if needed. (103.4)
·       Code offers no good recourse for owners unable to comply with code.  The code specifies only a burdensome appeal procedure that must be filed within 30 days with a Board appointed by the Mayor who also appoints the Code Official (who gives the citation.) [A] 111.1 & [A] 111.2
·       106.4 p. 9  Violation penalties.  Any person who shall violate a provision of this code...shall be prosecuted within the limits provided by state or local laws. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense. (Up to $500 first offense, up to $750 second offense, and no less than $750 for third offense.
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Link to Jonesboro Property Code:   www.jonesboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/2001
Call 926-3744  from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm  for any questions or email censusguyz@gmail.com.

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