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City Tax Increase Proposal

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at community meeting. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at community meeting.

The City of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure.

The mayor held a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the 1% sales tax increase and answer questions from the community.

"We're going to need big revenue in order to take care of our problems,"says Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

 Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, along with other City Officials, are proposing a 1% increase on sales tax.

 The city needs an estimated 1.2 billion dollars to completely fix its infrastructure, according to the mayor. He says raising sales tax by 1% will bring in at least 15 million dollars a year in revenue.  

"It's just a penny from a dollar, 10 cents from 10 dollars and a dollar from 100 dollars, that's all it is," says Mayor Lumumba.

The proposal states the increased tax will not only improve infrastructure, but also create job opportunities, and increase public safety for an overall economic impact.

  Those in attendance at the meeting don't seem to mind the tax increase, but some argue the city should have done a better job to prevent these problems. 

City residents will vote on the proposed increase January 14th.

If it passes, the tax will apply to all goods and services except groceries, prescriptions, restaurants, hotel rooms, and television and internet services.

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