JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "We all celebrate the fact that it was a victory for Jonesboro," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.
Relieved? Yes, according to Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, but the city's administration still has work to do.
"It got back down to business and that is budget time," said Perrin.
Mayor Perrin said financial planning began Wednesday morning. He describes the 2010 budget as frugal, adding that won't change in 20-11.
"We're still looking at ways in which to lower our cost in every department, not only in public safety but others," said Perrin.
Perrin says regardless of Tuesday night's vote, the administration will continue to look for ways to be more efficient and productive--doing more with less.
"We know that we owe the citizens of Jonesboro what we told them and that was that we're going to watch every dime that comes through here. It's certainly not Christmas time I can tell you," said Perrin.
Perrin says the budget they give to the city council will be balanced and will not have deficit spending. He says he hopes they'll come in under budget for this year. He adds the first six months of this year's budget reflect the city being very close to their projections thus far.
"What that tells me is that everybody last year did a good job of identifying as close as they possibly could every cost within their department," said Perrin.
Perrin says he believes the public meetings and opening up the budget was key in this special election. He says he wants all residents to know it will continue.
"We are going to show you that we're going to keep those monies there, be very frugal and very responsible with this money--because it's their money," said Perrin.
The tax increase goes into affect on January 1st of 2011. The city won't actually start collecting the money from the increase until March.