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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Jackson County Commission, Community Meeting at North Sand Mountain High School, Proposed 1% Sales Tax Issue

Jackson County Commission from Left to Right: District 2-Jason Venable; District 4-Stacey Ledwell; Chair-Matthew Hodges; District 1-Tim Guffey; District 3-Dennis Miller (photo by G. Morgan)

Monday evening's commission meeting was held at the North Sand Mountain High School in Bryant, Alabama. 28 citizens were in attendance, including 5 elected officials. 

The Jackson County Commission will be traveling around the county during work sessions in the next few months explaining OUR county's budget problems and seeking public input. 

Currently, the Jackson County General Fund has no revenue from sales tax.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFO LINK FOR JACKSON COUNTY
Demographics (median income, population, home ownership, industry base, etc.) for Jackson County Alabama may be found at: http://www.city-data.com/county/Jackson_County-AL.html

Jackson County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges described specifically what the 1% sales tax increase will be used for if approved: 1) Road infrastructure; 2) Volunteer Fire Departments; 3) Resource Officers in Schools; 4) Industrial development. Estimated Revenue increase for Jackson County if the sales 1% sales tax issue is approved - $3.3 million dollars. 

Explanations are given in the part 2 video below, and the results are explained, if there is no increase in revenue, in Mr. Guffey' s video; the bottom line - citizens will decide whether Jackson County will reduce services or an improvement of services will occur. 

1% proposed sales tax increase; first - the state legislature will decide if  the citizens may vote on this issue; second - the citizens will decide by a vote. 

District 1 Commissioner Tim Guffey eloquently sums up the problems Jackson County Citizens face in this video segment due to a lack of funds. 
  video

AGENDA
JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION
WORK SESSION AGENDA 

V. DISCUSSION ITEMS FOR COMMISSION –

1) COA EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION - paid by TARCG
2) SENIOR RX CONTRACTS - paid for by TARCOG and Legislative Delegation Funding
3) SURPLUS EQUIPMENT FOR THE JAIL to be sold on gov deals dot com
4) RESOLUTION FOR NORTHEAST ALABAMA WATER, SEWER AND FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - discussion on water project

Regular Session -  1) MOTION TO HIRE A TEMPORARY WORKER FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT. - Approved


                                    VIDEOS 3 Part Series
Part 1 - Work Session and Regular Session; Part 2 - explanation of 1% sales tax issue; Part 3 - citizen input,concerns and closing remarks.

WORK SESSION & REGULAR MEETING


EXPLANATION OF PROPOSED 1% SALES TAX ISSUE


CITIZEN COMMENTS & CLOSING REMARKS

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