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Twin Falls holds annual State of the City Address

Posted at 10:01 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 21:18:56-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The City of Twin Falls held its annual State of the City address Tuesday morning.

Officials discussed the City’s response to impacts from the COVID-19 virus, and the mayor announced plans to join the Governor's tax relief project.

"The governor has offered cities and counties a chance to help pay for the cost of first responders during this pandemic in the offer of a property relief to our citizens," said Mayor Suzanne Hawkins.

The council also says based on the number of building permits that are being issued, growth in the Twin Falls area is on the rise, and they don't expect it to slow down.

"Based upon the information we have and the history we can use as a model, we really believe we are going to continue to grow at an accelerated rate especially inside the city of Twin Falls," said Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls' City Manager.

Council members also spoke about the Paycheck Protection Program. As Idaho News 6 has reported, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is one of two Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs designed to help small businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

They say the program has benefited business all over Idaho, but has had a huge impact on the Twin Falls area.

"There was over 31,000 paycheck protection loans granted to businesses here, which those funds went to pay payroll," said Chris Reid, a Twin Falls City Councilman.

Here's a live stream of the full address:

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Posted by Natasha Williams on Tuesday, September 22, 2020