Arkansas com­mu­nity reaches sig­na­tures for in­cor­po­ra­tion

The Saline Courier - - OPINION - As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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