1 cent sales tax funds update - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

1 cent sales tax funds update

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For over a year the city of Jackson has been collecting a special one cent tax on some goods and services. The money was to be used to fix the aging infrastructure.

The Commission that approves the spending of the money says they have collected $25 million since the tax inception.

$1 million of that money has been spent on vehicles and infrastructure items like waterlines, and street resurfacing.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said, 

"The one percent money is moving and it's about to start moving extremely fast because we've got the right people on board," said Mayor Tony Yarber. "The consultant is here as well and we've already started working with this term bid. So what people can expect is start seeing paving happening, resurfacing is going on as well as potholing."

Pete Perry, who is on the 1 Cent Tax commission, says that it takes time for infrastructure projects to get rolling because they need several months of planning, and engineering.

$15.5 million of the money collected through the tax has been allocated for street resurfacing this year.

Another $4 million will be spent on the purchase of two pothole repair machines.

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