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Posted on: August 17, 2016

Jackson Police, Fire and Public Works Present Budget Proposals for Fiscal Year 2017

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The City of Jackson budget hearings continued on Wednesday, Aug. 17, as the Jackson Police Department, the Jackson Fire Department and the Department of Public Works presented proposed spending plans for Fiscal Year 2017.
Mayor Tony T. Yarber said public safety has been and will continue to be the priority as officials work to craft a spending plan for the City of Jackson for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2016. The Mayor said police and fire certified officials will remain level.
Police Chief Lee Vance provided City officials with the following information:
• The Jackson Police Department currently operates with 685 employees and will remain at its present staffing level to meet requested savings for the upcoming fiscal year.
• The savings will be realized by not filling current vacancies and by internally managing the security for the City’s impound lot.
Fire Chief Ronerick Simpson provided City officials with the following information:
• The Fire Department has 336 certified officers (sworn firefighters) and will remain at its present staffing level.
• The Fire Department has 22 vacant positions. The savings will be realized by not filling 12 of the vacant positions. This will not impact fire services.
Interim Public Works Director Jerriot Smash provided the following information:
• Public Works will reduce its general fund budget by $951,402; its Water/Wastewater budget by $9.3 million and its Solid Waste budget by $1.2 million.
• The bulk of the savings will be realized by not filling vacant positions, limiting equipment purchases and capital projects.
The public can view the budget hearings and access the documents presented on the City of Jackson website, www.jacksonms.gov.

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