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Mayor discusses state of city ahead of address

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Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson is getting ready for her State of the City address on Tuesday.

She said that this year the City Council is stronger and the city is moving forward despite some stumbling blocks.

Crime is an issue many people are concerned about the mayor was asked about her plans to address it.

Jackson and her staff put the finishing touches on her second State of City Address. She can't ignore one issue plaguing the city – crime.

It's a topic the community can expect her to address on Tuesday.

The mayor said the police department has been given more resources to deal with the problem. The city has also instituted a new confidential tipline.

Jackson said the key to handling the problem is community involvement.

"So what we are going to have to do is reach out to people. and then we have to get a hold on our young people. So one of the things that we're coming up with is having a summit for our young people where they will tell us how they see us and what we need to do to help them," Jackson said.

She weighed in on what she thinks is behind the crime.

"A lot of the crime that we're having in this area is based on drugs," she told WTOC.

The State of the City address takes place at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center ballroom on Oglethorpe Avenue.

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