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Jackson Co. Commission Talks Proposals To Help Offset Deficit

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County Commissioners are hearing from the public on a proposal to help offset a nearly one million dollar deficit.

Commissioner Chair Matthew Hodges says they’ve made nearly one million dollars worth of cuts already. “We have nearly a million dollars of worth cuts left to make, or we need to find a way bring in additional revenue,” Hodges says.

Commissioner Hodges says the commission is discussing two ways to make up that revenue. Hodges explains the first proposal. “To allow us to place a five dollar fee on car tags and boat stickers to allow us to bring in some additional revenue to our general fund.”

 

The second proposal the commission is discussing would increase the one dollar lodging surcharge on the county’s hotels. That one dollar surcharge goes to tourism and development. “So what I would like to do is add an additional fifty cents that would support our general fund to help our budget situation,” Hodges says.

Hodges says these increases are a small part of offsetting that deficit, but it would be helpful. He says they’re also looking at other cuts. Hodges says the entire commission is on board with the proposals.

The commission says they would like to make up that deficit by the end of the fiscal year, which would be next October. They say the public is welcome at their meetings and work sessions to voice their opinion on these proposals. The commission holds meetings every second and fourth Monday at the courthouse.