JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Jackson's mayor took time out to meet with the people living in each city ward to find out their concerns.
Tuesday night Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. heard from residents of ward one.
The fellowship hall of Christ United Methodist Church was transformed into a mini version of Jackson city government as residents met to share their concerns with city leadership.
Mayor Johnson, department heads and staff gathered to take questions.
Homeowners said more people should take advantage of the one-on-one sessions.
"It's just always better whenever you can put a face with a name. I talk to most of the people in the departments of the city here almost on a weekly basis," said Jimmy Stiglet, president of the Lake Trace Homeowners Association.
"We are happy with the police response when we have any problems. We had burglaries and break ins, and the neighborhood association actually has a very good email system. We alert each other," said Lake Trace street leader Margot Kaelbling.
All city agencies were represented with residents asking questions about everything from vacant house demolition to recycling.
The mayor also talked about a 3-11 system with an operator to report and track problems.
The system is scheduled to begin operations in late fall.
"It's going to allow us to really get these complaints, get these concerns and establish a record, sometimes even a work order as the calls are being made," said Mayor Johnson.
Ward one representative Jeff Weill Sr. said the mayor announced good news for his constituents, that there would be no tax increase.
"Ward one citizens pay 40 percent of the ad valorem taxes in the city even though we've only got 15 percent of the people, and for us not to have a tax increase is a big deal," said Weill.
A different ward meeting is held every other month.
The mayor also invited those at the meeting to attend his city budget address Wednesday at noon at Jackson City Hall.
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