Jennings talks about growth, financial improvement
by Will Heath
Mar 09, 2011 | 1011 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ARGO — According to Mayor Paul Jennings, the town of Argo first incorporated Feb. 19, 1987, with “477 in population.”

As of the most recent Census, Argo boasts a population of 4,071, the fifth-largest municipality in St. Clair County.

“That length of time, that’s a lot of growth,” Jennings said. “We’ve come a long way; we’ve got a long way to go, but that puts us fifth-largest in the county. That’s a big accomplishment.”

Jennings and Argo officials hosted the monthly meeting of the St. Clair County Mayor’s Association Tuesday. Jennings said Argo is slowly coming back financially.

“I’m not just saying today that we’re just barely here,” he said. “We are here. We’re paying bills before they’re delinquent, and that’s good.

“Things are not great. When they get good, we give our employees back the money we had to cut for the budget. They’re not that good.”

Jennings and the current council took office in December 2008 and have been in a struggling financial situation ever since. The mayor said the city is operating more efficiently now, especially in tax collection.

“We’re within $3,000 of what we took in last year (in sales tax), today,” he said. “Right now we’re in the fattest part of our year.

“We’ve got to see it stretch out through the end of the year, so we’re not there yet. But we’re doing a lot better.”

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