Zero, zero, zero. Jackson literally spent zero dollars on repaving its roads in 2010 and 2011. The Northside Sun recently provided a public service in publishing an article on Jackson's road repaving program that is available in the current issue. The story included a table that stated how many miles of Jackson roads were repaved for each year since 1998 JJ took the liberty of using the newspaper's data to create a chart that will show exactly how dismal the true picture is.
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Here are the miles of roads that were repaved during each fiscal year of a Mayoral administration:
Johnson: 13.3 Election Year
Johnson: 5.9 Election Year
Melton: 68.3 Election Year
Johnson: 4.2 Election Year
It will come as no surprise that the year that saw the most mileage repaved just happened to be an election year. However, it seems the wheels came off of the road repaving program during Mayor Johnson's last term as literally no roads were repaved for two years. None. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Mayor Johnson's team repaved all of 14.8 miles of Jackson roads during his last term. Keep that in mind as Ridgewood Road and Capitol Street crumble before your very eyes on a daily basis. Mayor Johnson repeatedly said during his 2013 re-election campaign that he had balanced the budget without laying off employees and raising taxes. Jacksonians can now see exactly how he did so: the Mayor gutted such programs as road repaving and engaged in crazy front-loaded bond refinancing schemes to generate the cash Mayor Johnson needed to hide the bleeding.