Jackson County State of the County
2018 will bring more funding for projects to the Jackson County area. Today, News 25’s Jaylon Morris attended the State of the County Address which focused on county improvement projects.
Industry and economic development was the focus at today’s State of the County Address in Jackson County. County Administrator Brian Fulton believes the future is bright in Jackson County. “We’re excited about what 2018 has for Jackson County. The county is in a good strong position to move some things forward and be a successful year.”
The Cook Road/I-10 Corridor Connector was funded through $8.3 million in federal money and $2.7 million matched by the county. Jackson County Representative Randy Bosarge tells News 25 this has been in the works for several years. “It’s been a long time coming. Other supervisors before me have been working on it.”
This year’s budget will allow the police department to get body cameras as well as funding going towards the damages caused by Hurricane Nate. “The deputies that deal with the public, they will be able to have body cameras. It’ll be a system similar to other cities,” said Bosarge.
Hurricane Nate blew through Jackson County last fall and the county received a $6.1 million disaster grant. “We were able to get a major disaster declaration declared for Jackson County as a result of the storm. That’s going to help us fund the improvements and repairs the infrastructure that was damaged,” said Fulton.
Bosarge believes the $142.5 million operating budget opens up opportunities for growth in Jackson County. “Jackson County is in a great position to grow. As leaders and citizens, we have to do what’s best to help grow.”