Jackson, Miss., mayor touts ‘momentum’ in state-of-the-city speech

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says the city’s crime rate is falling because of community policing.

In a state-of-the-city address Tuesday night, Yarber also said Jackson tax revenue is rising because companies see the city as a good investment.

Yarber said crime was down 14 percent in 2015 and could drop 10 percent this year.

Jackson news outlets said the mayor touted a growing local economy and “momentum” in making improvements across the city, even while facing obstacles including a budget deficit.