Revenue tops Lee County mayors' Christmas lists

The mayors of Lee County’s smaller communities want Santa to deliver the gift that keeps on giving – more revenue.
After going through a year that saw many businesses close and few new ones open, mayors like Nettleton’s R.V. Adams, Verona’s Bobby Williams and Saltillo’s Bill Williams say more revenue would help their towns and the rest of the county as well.
“My Christmas wish for Verona would be to see new businesses come in here,” said Bobby Williams, one of the mayors surveyed by the Daily Journal on their holiday hopes.
“That will provide sales taxes and property taxes and those are the two biggest ways our town makes money. The more money the town makes the better we can help to devise ways to make life better for our citizens.”
Adams said he hopes for the same economic boost in his town and said plans for a new manufacturer is in the works.
“We want to get jobs for our citizens and if I could have one thing on my Christmas list for Nettleton, that would be it,” he said. “The people need jobs and we want to make sure they have them.”
Guntown Mayor Robert Herring said more money would be what he’d ask Santa for – not to increase revenue, but to fix an outdated sewer system.
“We could use a lot more money to repair our water and sewer system because that is the biggest need for our town,” Herring said. “We have a new 63-home subdivision going up and that is going to need to be hooked up to the town’s water and sewer system.”
Plantersville Mayor Gloria Holland said getting grants for sewer and drainage improvements is at the top of her list. Holland also said she’d like to have the rural fire district lines redrawn to assist the fire department in regaining the area it at one time had.
That, in turn, would improve the fire ratings for households close to the city limits. Holland said this has been on her wish list since she was first elected mayor in 2005.
Even though he said his city has needs just like others, Saltillo’s Williams said his biggest Christmas wish is for his residents to stay true to the meaning of the holiday.
“I’d like more than anything for our citizens to adopt the spirit of giving a sacrifice,” he said. “The season is about giving and we want people to go out and give to those who needs it.”
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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