Ron Corbett Talks About the State of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett gives the State of the City address during the annual League of Women Voters Linn County luncheon at the U.S. Cellular Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/KCRG-TV9)

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By Max Walker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Mayor Ron Corbett delivered his fifth State of the City address on Wednesday. Two of his main points focused on the development of the Kingston Village area on the west bank of the Cedar River across from downtown and the plan for spending the recently-approved extension n of the local option sales tax on street repairs.

The tax money for street repairs doesn't kick in until July, but Mayor Corbett says the city already has dozens of projects picked out, though it might take a little while to see results.

"It's probably going to be a two to three year period before citizens can actually feel and see there's been progress made on our roads," Corbett said.

Unlike last year, the push to bring a casino to Cedar Rapids didn't come up in the official speech. Mayor Corbett said the next major development would come on March 6th when the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission receives its report on the potential impact of a casino in Cedar Rapids.

Click on the video for more from his interview with Nicole Agee on the TV9 Morning News on Thursday.

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