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Bond approved for smoother Jackson streets

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Jackson now has the green light to borrow up to $12 million for street resurfacing. Jackson now has the green light to borrow up to $12 million for street resurfacing.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson now has the green light to borrow up to $12 million for street resurfacing, but it took the Mayor going back to the drawing board before council put their support behind his bond proposal.

"We've got a proposal where we're going to create a fund within the reserve fund to set aside for street paving. And so that seems to have won over enough council members to move this matter forward," said Mayor Harvey Johnson.

The Mayor wants to set aside $1 million in savings for the next five years.

The question of funding was always at the top of the concern list for council members. The first proposal had all the annual street repair money going towards the project for the next 10 years.

"What that would've meant is that any road that would be paved now, there would be no money in the budget to repave anything else for the next 10 years," explained Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell.

Budget committee chair Margaret Barrett-Simon did what she could to convince the others to back the project.

"It's very important that we seize this opportunity with this low interest money to give us a little boost in our street resurfacing," said Barrett-Simon, Ward 7.

The project allows spending no less than $1 million for resurfacing in each of the city's wards. The bond proposal passed three to one.

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