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Jonesboro mayor delivers State of the City address

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)  "I'm dedicating this to our department heads and our staff," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

Perrin says it was through hard work and diligence by those employees that costs were cut and the budget belt was tightened.

"These people on the front line have to face that every day.   They have to make the decision 'do I spend, or do I not spend?" said Perrin.

Perrin says those efforts to pinch pennies and do more with less are part of what made 2010 a memorable year. The event he says that stands alone as the most unforgettable is when residents passed a half-cent sales tax increase to help fund public safety.

"It also showed I think total transparency in unprecedented meetings that we had.   We laid it all out on the table, and it will always be that way," said Perrin.

Perrin says they will be frugal with the  money that tax generates, adding just because that tax passed, efforts to do more with less continue.

"You can always look for efficiencies in anything that you do," said Perrin.

Perrin says right now, they have more grants on the table than ever before.  He says the city will look for even more grant opportunities to fund or help fund projects..

"When I go to DC next month, we'll be sitting there with all of these federal agencies and we're going to see exactly what's available and what's out there," said Perrin.

Perrin says the city has to constantly look for ways to bring in revenue, including trying to attract new industries and business.

"We've got new developers and new people coming in wanting to invest in Jonesboro.   That's something we've got to invest our time and our money in is growing Jonesboro," said council member, Mikel Fears.

For Mayor Perrin, he believes 2011 will bring growth for the city, and job opportunities for those in and around this area.

"We've always been a hub for capital investment and I think you are going to see that continue," said Perrin.

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