- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)10
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)5
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)10
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)21
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders (3/17/17)1
Jackson holding the line
Jackson residents got some good news from city hall earlier this month: The city's electric rates won't be increased, even though budgeted spending of $30.07 million will likely exceed revenue from all sources (utility funds, sales taxes, general revenue, grants) by about $3 million. Carry-over balances from previous years will be used to make up the difference.
From last 2006 until mid-2007, Jackson phased in increases in electricity rates that raised revenue 40 percent. The reason was the higher cost of electricity the city purchases to resell to its customers.
With most governmental entities facing tough budget decisions because of declining revenue, all possible revenue streams must be considered.
But even though sales tax revenue in Jackson declined 3.72 percent last year from the year before, city officials said other revenue sources and belt-tightening would be used to balance the budget rather that raising the cost of electricity.