ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Mayor Bob Joslin updated the public about his plans for Arab in 2014 during his State of the City address.
Overall, Mayor Joslin says the state of the Arab is something he is proud of. “The economic state of Arab is very strong,” Mayor Joslin says, “Most small communities, in fact, there’s a lot of small communities, that are going out of business. We’re not in that light.”
Mayor Joslin says he hopes some changes will help to keep it that way. One of those changes is the road improvements funds from ATRIP allowed the city to do. ATRIP is an Alabama Department of Transportation administered federal aid program that allows funds for up to 80 percent of construction for road projects.
Mayor Joslin says some of the city’s roads haven’t been paved in nearly a decade, so improving roads will make the city even more appealing to incoming businesses. That updated look across the city will in turn will help the economy to grow. “We’re really trying to get out and attract more retail and more industrial,” Mayor Joslin says.
The city also increased the sales tax by one penny to help increase infrastructure improvement funds. Mayor Joslin says over the next few years he anticipates that extra sales tax to add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. All of that funding will go directly to improving infrastructure.