The City of Jackson has modified its Code of Ordinances so residents can avoid fees if they quickly respond to blight violations. The Jackson City Council approved a resolution on May 26 that alters sections of the Code of Ordinances that prohibits the trash being left out on property, or parking an inoperable vehicle for more than seven days.
Previously, property owners were notified of the violations and fined $50 for a first offense, and $120 for a second offense. The changes now allow property owners to avoid the first $50 fine if the blight violations are addressed within 14 days of receiving written notice from the City.
If the blight violation still exists after 14 days, the property owner will be fined $120.00. In addition, the City may take further action against the property owner including paying to have the blight removed or starting a case in the City’s Administrative Hearings Bureau.
The purpose of the changes is to give an incentive for the violation to be resolved in a timelier manner and provide an opportunity for property owners to completely avoid paying any fees. It’s also intended to provide relief to property owners feeling the financial strains of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes only remain in effect until Sept. 11, 2020 or if the City Council chooses to extend it.
The full blight ordinance resolutions (PDF) is available to view on this page.