Jackson County Supervisors Shoot Down Hotel Tax Increase

Jackson County Supervisors voted against a plan that would help raise money for the county's school board.

The School Board passed a resolution to add an additional 2 percent to the lodging with hopes of raising about $250,000 a year. But, in a 4 to 1 vote, supervisors voted against the hotel tax.

Had the School Board gotten the 2 percent increase, 70 percent of the tax money would have gone toward boosting teacher's salaries, and the rest would have helped to improve roofing, heating, and air conditioning systems in the county's schools.

Hotels currently charge a 7 percent tax on their rooms.