Jonesboro Mayor Makes State of the City Address

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- "It gives me great pleasure to report to you this evening that the state of the city is strong and viable, and that the outlook for our future is even better," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

At Tuesday night's State of the City address, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he is optimistic about the future of Jonesboro. He says Jonesboro remains a city of destination for everything from investment capital and retail expansion to higher education. He says despite the city's successes, the work is not over.

"We will not consider our job anywhere near completed until every lost job is restored and everyone who wants to work in the City of Jonesboro has a place to do so," said Perrin.

He says Jonesboro's financial position was one of fiscal strength.

"We ended our fiscal year with 1.9 times the reserves required by ordinance for the operation of the city," said Perrin.

Perrin says while Jonesboro is not immune to crime, he says in general, Jonesboro has less crime than other cities similar in size.

"I'm pleased to report that crimes that affect quality of life were down.  With crimes against persons dropping by 11% and property crimes down 13%," said Perrin.

Perrin says the city completed the landfill construction project as well as the methane gas collection project. In addition, he says improvements continue to be made to streets and roads across the city.

"Our engineering department resolved some 579 public requests concerning various streets, drainage, sidewalks or other issues in 2008.