The letter bears the image of the seal of the City of Texarkana, Texas, but it does not contain a signature or contact information.
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -
Texarkana, TX city officials want to get the word out about a "phony letter" making the rounds on social media about holiday lights displays.
The letter appears to notify recipients they are out of compliance with city codes if they have holiday lights on their home without a permit. It begins, "You are receiving this letter to inform you that your residence is outside of City Code Ordinance (64)i.3.b.IV.a. This ordinance requires all citizens residing inside the city limits of Texarkana, Texas to obtain a Holiday Season Light Display Permit prior to displaying lights on the exterior of the structure in which you reside." It goes on to claim that "A member of the City of Texarkana Code Enforcement Team CTCET has observed lights being displayed at your address. We have no record of a Permit associated with your address."
The letter bears the image of the seal of the City of Texarkana, Texas, but it does not contain a signature or contact information. City officials say it is not in any way associated with the City of Texarkana, Texas.
According to City Manager John Whitson, the item is most likely a prank. "We have checked on this item and feel the notice is a hoax," Whitson said. "It is not our official letterhead, there is no signature, no date, and no telephone number to call for additional information. We do not have a chapter 64 in our city code. We do not require a permit for residential holiday lighting. It appears that someone harvested the city logo from the web and created the document."