Governor, mayor pledge cooperation on water issues but fail to agree

Despite written pledges to work together, there appears to have been no shift from Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Gov. Haley Barbour on whether the city deserves $6 million in state-backed bonds for a downtown water project.

Johnson and Barbour sent letters to each other this week regarding the city’s broken water system.

In a letter to Johnson, the governor said he is “eager” to work with the city, but he said the bond plan won’t fix the problem.

“I support replacing the old, brittle pipes with new, reliable distribution or collection systems; however, one $6 million project will benefit only a small percentage of ratepayers and barely mitigate future maintenance and repair costs associated with future degradation of the system,” he wrote.

Clarion-Ledger
Aug. 18