Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mayor Yarber to hold town hall on 1% sales tax spending tonight

The city of Jackson issued the following press release.

One Percent Sales Tax Public Information Meeting to be Held Thursday, Sept. 1

Mayor Tony T. Yarber and the City of Jackson Department of Public Works will host a public information meeting regarding the City's Special Municipal Sales Tax Program on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall, located at 255 East Pascagoula Street.

The meeting will allow residents to hear firsthand how their 1 percent sales tax funds are being spent and provide their feedback.

More than 30 infrastructure improvement projects have been approved by the City's Special Municipal Sales Tax Commission for year one.  During this meeting, City Staff will provide an update on the progress of those projects.

Residents can learn about projects currently under construction, such as the Eastover Drive Waterline Improvement, as well as those that have been completed to-date, including the Hanging Moss Road Bridge. Sections of more than 20 streets have been resurfaced using 1 percent sales tax funds.

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Anonymous said...

Lotta pipe gettin' laid, apparently.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Oh, how I hope that the topic remains on point (at the meeting and on this post). This is the best/only thing the Mayor can do at this point is to move forward with City business. Maybe all of the controversy will light a fire under him to focus.

Anonymous said...

Good lawyers ain't cheap!

Anonymous said...

Will there be body painted strippers at the front door to greet those who attend?

Anonymous said...

@3:38 LOL whole lotta pipe

Anonymous said...

One thing to remember is that the 1% sales tax is really just a tiny band-aid. This is money that, when not being siphoned off to pay for bullshit consultants and project managers, is going towards simply repaving roads, and in select cases, also repairing small components of the water distribution system.

Make no mistake that the entire system is in disarray and needs to be replaced. This will entail digging up roads (some of which will have been repaved under the 1% program), replacing the pipes, and repaving.

This will cost billions of dollars. The city did a study years ago and came up with a woefully low estimate in the $400 million range. For purposes of comparison, it is costing the city of Biloxi, about a quarter the size of Jackson, over $400 million to perform infrastructure work -- still ongoing -- after Katrina damaged only a portion of its distribution system.

Good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

Kinda late to do right now!

Anonymous said...

6:29 pm

You are right on point.

To add to the problem....think about planning to dig up streets and repair sewer lines in areas where there's nothing but dilapidated housing....?

Real city leaders would redraw Jackson - greatly reduced in size. They would budget for destruction of condemned homes, move people out of substandard housing, create entire new areas for future development. At the same time fewer streets, less sewer replacement, saved money, and possible future income from planning. this abortion of a solution. Yarber will screw the head engineers wife, Kenneth will make sure all roads to burnt out houses in his ward are paved twice, Eastover will get new taxes, And we will all be screwed

Anonymous said...

Ain't gone be no money for no roads in NE Jackson or no Belhaven neitha.
Kenny Stokes

Anonymous said...

@3:38 that ain't the only thing gettin' laid

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should have the mayor run that pothole fixin machine everyday. If he did, maybe he wouldn't have the time or energy to devote to other affairs.

Anonymous said...

Too late for El Mayor to be thinking with the right head.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Mayor wants to bring back Aecom and the "Jackson 5" to perform on this program. Word on the street is "Tito" was upset because the city council wouldn't show him no love on performing for the city's sewer consent order program...

Anonymous said...

I have lived in Belhaven for 25+ years---I spoke to my CPA today and we are going to sell ASAP. I'm selling my home, moving my business to another state and will not return if I can help it.

Anonymous said...

another reason that folks won't shop or buy in the city of jackson. terrible idea

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