Sales tax details pitched to voters - - Jackson, MS

Sales tax details pitched to voters

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In three weeks from Jackson voters go to the polls to decide on a 1% sales tax.

Monday night city officials attended a town hall meeting in an effort to inform and persuade residents.

Residents in wards three and four attended the session.

It's a big push to educate voters and garner support for the plan to fund infrastructure improvements.

Jackson residents got a look at what's carrying the water supply to their homes, corroded more than 100 year old pipes.

Public works officials told those attending the town hall meeting at St. John M.B. Church that the rusted section of pipe came from Capital Street.

Voters attended the session to learn about the proposed 1 % sales tax and what it would do.

There were also opportunities for questions like one form a resident who wanted to know where the money from is going from the recent water and sewer rate hike.

City officials said it would also be used for infrastructure improvements and is only paying for a portion of what's needed.

"We had to raise rates. We are talking about a problem which is not a million dollar problem. It's not a $5 million dollar problem. It's a $1.8 billion dollar problem. That's the kind of problem that we have," said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

"That's our major problem here in Jackson are our roads. You can buy a new car, it's only new for what a year? But to get his money and not put it into the city, I'm for it if it goes to there, but otherwise no," said Jackson voter James Owens.

"We need some ground fixing and some pipe fixing. I'm tired of water jumping up out of the ground and water going up. We're wasting water, wasting time. We need to fix something," said Rev. Willie McAfee of Jackson.

Dozens attended the learning session.

Residents cast their ballots on January 14th

If the sales tax is approved by voters it could take effect in March.

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