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False Alarm Ordinace Passes on First Reading

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.-The City of Jackson appears to be on the way to getting an ordinance concerning false home and business alarms.

The City Council passed a false alarm ordinance on first reading, Tuesday on a vote of 8 to 1, with Councilman Ernest Brooks, II casting the lone, dissenting vote.

Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said false alarms, to the tune of more than 8,000 last year, are wasting taxpayers money since more than 99 percent are false.

If approved during a second reading at September's council meeting, residents, after an initial grace period, with more than two false alarms would be charged $25 per emergency response.
Mayor Gist said he wants the officers out on the streets.

The mayor added that other cities such as Union City saw a 55 percent reduction in alarm calls after enacting a similar ordinance.
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