JETS getting attention for cash flow problems

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- A quick pickup of city cash keeps the wheels on the JETS buses going round and round. Faced with mounting bills-- and a pocketful of federal IOU's -- the Jonesboro Economic Transit System hustled and bustled to get the cash flowing.

"Right now, we've had a lot of expenses in JETS. Cash flow wise, there were some shortages there," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

The Public Services Committee called a special meeting Monday to address those cash flow problems.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin estimates JETS needs 50-thousand dollars to cover unexpected expenses-- including transporting people during the ice storm.

"That's been filed with FEMA, but obviously it takes 30, 60, 90 days to get money from the federal government. I think he'll have the funds in June to look at that," said Perrin.

The money would be paid back to the city's general revenue fund.

The motion now heads to the full council for a vote.

According to JETS director, Steve Ewart, from January '08 to February '09, JETS had 91,153 on their fixed route.  On their Paratransit, 5,916 passengers utilized the JETS program.