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Jackson halts Entergy payments until lights get fixed

Jackson officials have decided not to pay the city’s monthly Entergy bill until the power company fixes street lights that have been broken for months.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Jackson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the approximately $429,000 payment to Entergy from the claims docket, promising only to pay it once the lights are working.

Councilman Kenneth Stokes says officials gave Entergy a list of broken lights “several months ago,” but only some have been fixed.

Entergy spokeswoman Mara Hartman says the power company works aggressively with B&B Utility Contractors to keep street lights on across the city and will work with the city to address the council’s concerns.

Councilman De’Keither Stamps says Entergy is supposed to repair broken street lights within 72 hours of a report.

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