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Jackson City Council discusses 1% sales tax

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson City Council is looking at a 1 percent sales tax for the city. Council members met Tuesday and discussed the matter. No vote was taken.

Council members say a 1 percent sales tax within city limits could bring in $15 million a year, and it's sorely needed to help pay for water and sewer upgrades and road repaving.

"One of the ways that would help us get started is use this instrument that the legislature has allowed at this point, so we can do away with the naysayers that say Jackson isn't doing anything," said Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. "We have to do the pragmatic thing. We have to get the funds in here to pay for the roads, water, that kind of thing."

Other municipalities have done it, but one council member wants to study the matter further. Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr., says Jackson might end up at a competitive disadvantage with an increased sales tax.

"When people have the choice whether to go on one side of County Line Road versus the other side, and save money on a transaction, I think it will make at least a marginal difference between the people who decide to go to the Home Depot and people who decide to go to the Lowe's," Priester said.

If the city council decides to move ahead, the proposal would likely go to a referendum vote. 

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