Monday, July 3, 2017

Mayor Lumumba addresses Sales Tax Commission

If you are really, really bored and have nothing else to do,  watch the June 14 meeting of the Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission.  Mayor Tony Yarber did not call the meeting nor did he attend the meeting.  Vice-Chairman Duane O'Neill called the work session.  Mayor-Elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba attended and was invited to speak by the Commission.

It was one of the more amicable meetings in recent memory.  Gone was the constant bickering.  The finger-pointing disappeared.  The city employees even had a different attitude and IMS wasn't present to make endless excuses.  In other words, the meeting was more professional. 

Financial Advisor Robbi Jones of Kipling Jones discusses various leveraging options with the Sales Tax Commission.  Several members questioned whether the city should borrow $90 million fund two Tiger Grant Projects.

March 2017 Sales Tax Collections and Obligations
Collected: $40 million
Obligated: $30 million
Spent: $7 million

Ms. Jones begins speaking at 47:47 in first video. 
Mayor Lumumba speaks at 19:40, 30:39, and 45:19 (Address to Commission) in the second video. 


Donkeycrats R Donkeys said...

Mississippi lags behind most of the country in many socioeconomic measures, and Jackson, the largest city in the state, is one of the worst places to live. Jackson has fewer bars, libraries, recreational centers, and movie theaters per capita than the U.S. as a whole, and is home to some of the cheapest real estate in the country. The median home value in Jackson is just $92,600, less than half the $194,500 national figure. Some 31.7% of the population lives in poverty, more than twice the 14.7% national rate.

Like much of Mississippi, Jackson’s economic growth has slowed substantially in recent years. Jackson lacks the high-tech STEM industries that have fueled growth in other mid-size metro areas, and the city’s 6.4% unemployment rate in 2015 was significantly higher than the 5.3% national rate. Jackson’s labor force grew by just 2.4% from 2013 to 2015, less than the 4.0% national job growth over the period.

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Anonymous said...

Appreciate his conciliatory manner but it is obvious that he doesn't understand the subject matter nor finance. His penchant for broad rhetorical strokes and generalities belies his lack of knowledge.

Lumumba: "Sincere people can have sincere disagreements." Seriously?

Anonymous said...

Spend the money as it comes in. By the time project ts are shovel ready, the funds will be there. No need for will save millions in fees and interest.
Of course, the Bond lawyers and financial advisors won't like this.

B.M. Bookstores said...

He's out of the gate starting on his legacy already which will be 'Quotes of the Times by Little Chokwe'. Rebel Press. Paperback. $23.95. First Edition will hit the bookstores January 2020.

Anonymous said...

Be the change 12:51!

Anonymous said...

I was not a Lumumba supporter in the election process, but I am very optimistic and fully behind him. This is refreshing.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Antar very well, but if he is anything like his father, he is a good listener. You may disagree with his tactics and even his philosophy, but his father was not dismissive and arrogant like some of our recent leadership has been. Hopefully Antar will respect other opinions at least as his father did. That's a start.

Anonymous said...

I wish Antar the best but plain and simple, a mayor is only as good as his public works director (and hence the public works staff). His rhetoric is positive and determined, but he is setting himself up for miserable failure...this has nothing to do the giving "the power to the people", or the alleged lack of such from the last administration...unless he is planning on indenturing Jacksonians to fill potholes for their freedom.

Anonymous said...

I was a year behind him at St. Joe catholic school and remember him well. Always seemed sharp.

Anonymous said...

The public works director is beyond awful.

Anonymous said...

I believe he played baseball at Callaway in high school.

Anonymous said...

He did play at callaway.. went to st Joe until then

Anonymous said...

Baseball, you say. Can we expect an article from Mr. Cleveland?

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