Jackson voters head to the polls January 14 to vote on a 1% sales tax increase.
City leaders say they're making a $700 million investment in the city's infrastructure over the next two decades. Raising the sales tax by 1%, they say, will bring in an additional $15 million every year to help pay for that.
"Every time I come home to Jackson, it seems to be that some roads are fixed, and some completely are left unapproached," says Dylan Lovett.
That's true, says Walter Zinn, Jackson's Director of Governmental Affairs. He says the city's infrastructure problem goes beyond potholes. In fact, he says 30% of the city's 2,000 roads need a complete reconstruction--that's new water pipes below the surface and new pavement. And that's expensive.
"Essentially we're trying to find the best way to help pay for it," says Zinn.
City officials have decided raising sales tax 1% is the best option. It's their answer to the complaints they hear everyday.
"This is a way to show a personal investment into the things they complain about here in the city," says Zinn.
To re-pave one mile of roadway costs about $60,000, according to Zinn. And he says to reconstruct one mile of that roadway costs about $400,000. This new tax will pay for that.
"It's hard to get that amount of money from a single bond initiative and things of that nature," says Zinn. "This will be long-term leveraging for those type of projects."
It's up to the voters to decide.
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