State of the City: Mayor Yarber ready to move city forward - - Jackson, MS

State of the City: Mayor Yarber ready to move city forward

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tonight's State of the City address is over, and with it, some revelations about what Mayor Tony Yarber has planned for the Capital City.

He spoke on several issues, including infrastructure, crime and economic development.

The overreaching theme tonight was unity.
Mayor Tony Yarber spoke to a light crowd at Thalia Mara Hall, maybe a little more than 200 people, about the future of the city.

Mayor Yarber reiterated the need to work together, city administrators and the public, toward better realizing the city's future.
He says the pothole and beautification blitzes going on in Jackson are helping to repair infrastructure, and the commission appointed to handle funds from the one-cent sales tax will help steer that money where it needs to go.
Regarding crime, he cites recent weekly decreases in property and violent crimes as progress, and Jackson's crime rate overall, which decreased almost six percent from this time last year, year to date.

He also said there are some big decisions ahead, though.

"No longer can we afford to give time and resources to things that do not benefit the betterment of our neighborhoods or our schools," he said. "It will take some hard decisions, ladies and gentlemen, decisions that look at leveraging funds maybe away from programs that we've all loved in the past."


Ward 6 Councilman, Tyrone Hendrix said, "I believe the council and the mayor are on the same page about moving our city forward. You know, he's given us a mandate as a council and as a city to make Jackson the city everybody wants to come to and nobody wants to leave, and that's one thing we definitely intend on doing."

Mayor Yarber did not specify which programs might have funding reduced or taken away.
He did elaborate on changes in the way the city will be able to communicate effectively, though. 
One of the ways they're doing that is by overhauling that department, combining marketing with everything else
They're even adding a city of Jackson app for smartphones.
He also talked about raises for city workers and a decreased fire rating to reduce homeowners insurance in the city.
No timeline has been released for these future additions, but we expect to learn more in the coming weeks.

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