Mayor's hope for sales tax hike "power" - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Mayor hopes for sales tax hike "power"

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson city leaders are pushing for a one-cent sales tax hike for residents. Members of the Mississippi Municipal League say they've been lobbying for the same thing for over a decade, and now the request is at the Capitol again.

The issue was presented front and center. Mayors stood in unison during a news conference. The MML's executive director Shari Veazey said Wednesday cities and towns are facing critical needs and must generate revenue.

They want to have the power to impose a 1% sales tax hike if approved by at least a super majority or 60% of the citizens in a referendum.

"It is a sales tax increase for the temporary increase for a project that is specified on the ballot that the voters get to vote on," said Veazey." How democratic can that be?"

The MML has pushed for this for 15 long years and got nowhere with lawmakers.

The problem; it's a tax and some lawmakers resist any idea about taxing people.

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