WJTV News Channel 12 - Polls Open Today For City of Jackson 1% Tax Vote

Polls Open Today For City of Jackson 1% Tax Vote

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Jackson residents will vote today on 1 percent local sales tax to help pay for road and water line repairs.
    
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.
    
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has said the city needs an estimated $1.2 billion to completely fix its infrastructure. He says raising sales tax by one percent will bring in at least $15 million a year until the tax expires in 20 years.
    
Lumumba says the local tax will not only improve infrastructure, but also create job opportunities, and increase public safety for an overall economic impact.
    
More than 60 percent of Jackson voters will have to say yes for the tax measure to pass. If it does, it would increase the sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent.

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