Polls are in: Jackson County votes ‘no’ on one cent sales tax

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - The polls are closed and the votes are in. Jackson County voters took part in a special election Tuesday for a proposed a one cent sales tax increase. The county commission proposed the increase to help offset steadily decreasing funding and a budget deficit.

Trey Edwards, voted was a part of the group opposing the tax, "We did our job, we worked hard, we pounded the pavement, we knocked on doors, we made phone calls, and we made a difference."

Tuesday night the people of Jackson County made their voices heard, by voting "no" to the one cent sales tax increase. 3,947 voted "no" and voted 2,622 "yes."

While many are celebrating, county officials are concerned.

"We as a commission will now administer, and do our best to do what we need to do to make even further cuts, and stay within our budget, that's what the citizens have asked for, and that is what we will do," says County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges.

County commissioners say they will immediately begin working on the budget, and many of the cuts will be in effect by October.

"Folks will see... how this impacts them. I suspect it'll affect everyone in one way or another," adds Hodges.

For now, Jackson County has spoken. "The voters have said enough is enough, the voters have said they don't want anymore tax increases. They've said that in Baldwin County, they've said that in Lawrence County, they've said that in Colbert County, and now they said that in Jackson County," says Edwards.

However, the commission sees a long road of cuts ahead.

"We've got a big job ahead of us as far as what we have to cut for the budget," says Hodges.

The Jackson County Commission says the new proposition will include $900,000 worth of cuts.