City of Jackson Mayor, Scott Conger, gives his State of the City Address
“The pandemic shook us, but it did not break us. Is what mayor conger says to residents in jackson during his state of the city address. Giving them a run down of the wins of 2020 and expectations for 2021.
The city of Jackson confirmed it’s first case of COVID-19 on March 23rd 2020.
Since then businesses closed, reopened and masks were mandated. Conger says there was a lot of unknown in 2020, “In the beginning we did not know what to expect in a lot of areas, especially our budget. We had to look at some efficiencies and make some cuts. So all of our department heads took a 5% salary reduction and I took a 15% salary reduction.”
But there were also a lot of wins for the city like ending the year under budget by $4.6 million dollars.
He thanked city employees that opened up various buildings for drive thru COVID-19 testing sites, vaccination clinics, and masks pick up locations.
Added technology and thousands of dollars in grant money were also in the list of wins that city leadership plans to grow in 2021.
“The pandemic this last year was devastating. It shook us, but it did not break us. On top of all of that we were able to find success with launching a comprehensive website that implemented the ready 311 app, for residents to report issues," adds Conger.
Conger ended his address by announcing that his final goal for 2021 is bringing rapper, Snoop Dogg to Jackson. Now if you remember that concert was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.