Arkansas community reaches signatures for incorporation
LITTLE ROCK — Holiday Island, a lakeside community in Arkansas, has received enough signatures from voters to try once again to become an incorporated city after a failed effort in 2017. State laws regarding incorporation were changed this year, making it easier for Holiday Island to incorporate this time around, the Arkansas Democratgazette reported. The changes include exemptions in population limits, allowing Holiday Island to incorporate should voters approve a ballot initiative. As an incorporated city, Holiday Island will be able to enforce its own codes and receive state money from taxes to maintain streets and roads. A spokesman for Holiday Island Citizens for Incorporation, Dan Kees, said the petition drive to get the incorporation on the 2020 general election ballot received 557 signatures from voters; only 498 were needed. “After the signatures are verified, the petition will go to the county judge, Sam Barr, who will schedule a public hearing on the matter,” Kees said.