Mayor Dwight Jones delivers final State of the City address

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Dwight Jones covered a wide range of topics in his final state of the city address. Perhaps the most interesting was how to fund the school system.

“We can raise taxes,” Jones said. “These are serious decisions that should not be made by me in my office or by the council along in chambers.”

But it’s a decision he wants to leave up to the voters.

“My plan is to explore with the members of city council the idea of an advisory referendum on the November ballot to determine if the public wishes to raise taxes and if so by how much,” said Jones

Jones also credited September’s UCI Road World Championships as being a huge success.

“The numbers tell the story though; 650,000 spectators,” Jones said. “$170,000,000 in economic impact for the commonwealth.”

He also says the addition of Stone Brewery is a major step to ending poverty.

“Did you know that recruiting one or more major employer capable of creating hundreds of jobs accessible to the under employed here in Richmond was one of the top five recommendations of the anti-poverty commission?” Jones explained. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with Stone, hundreds of jobs accessed by under employed Richmond residents.”

And of course the mayor couldn’t end his final State of the City without a not-so-subtle message against the ballpark on the boulevard:  “Right now we have a site that generates no more than $400,000 in total tax revenue to the city. We can have a site that generates 20 times more than that if we make the right decision.”

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