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Clinton businesses, citizens are adaptive and strong

By Ward 2 Alderman Jim Martin

Clinton, MSIn March 2020, COVID-19 began its destructive effects in Clinton. Many thought that if we could get through 2020, 2021 would return to normal. However, the virus and its mutations continue to affect our lives and our city. It continues to baffle and frustrate medical professionals and scientists. We continue to hope and pray for containment and eradication. I hope and pray for a return to normal. The talk of a “new normal” causes me concern but will adjust as needed.
Through all the illness, death and business interruption, Clinton has persevered, adapted and survived – fairly well and better than many. Our sales tax revenue has held its own and even increased. The vast majority of our businesses have survived. It is a credit to our businesses that they adapted. It is a credit to our citizens that we adjusted and continued to shop in Clinton and to support our businesses.
The federal government has spent enormous sums of money in relief of COVID hardships. Some funds have been received by Clinton to offset some of the increased expenses incurred. The mind-boggling news from Washington is the discussions over the past several months of additional proposed monetary disbursements to states and local governments. The news seems to change daily on the amount of funds, what the funds are to be used for and who will receive the funds.
If and when funds are received by Clinton, we want to be good stewards in allocating and spending the funds. The funds could come with strict parameters of where and how to spend. The funds could come with spending discretion of City leaders. Some suggest that the amount of funds coming to local governments could be enormous. Some suggest that the funds would primarily go to federal and state projects, with little trickling down to local governments.
Clinton, like nearly everyone else, has aging infrastructure – roads, bridges and drainage – that need improvement and have high improvement costs. Quality of life improvements – parks, recreation, entertainment and leisure – are always welcomed. Housing and business development are always encouraged. All of these assist in maintaining a thriving community.
2022 looks to be an interesting year. We have shown, since March 2020, that Clinton is strong. I am optimistic that we will continue to thrive. If relief funds come to Clinton, addressing needs and wish list items will, indeed, make it an interesting year.

 



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