Community meetings to be scheduled to discuss issues, changes in Jackson County

Northeast Alabama
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Jackson County Commission is planning to host more community meetings - every two weeks until September - to give residents a chance to speak directly with commissioners. These meetings are also chance for the residents to learn more about the one cent sales tax that if passed through the legislature, will ultimately be the residents' decision.

The commission is planning to start the meetings next month. The meetings will be held across Jackson County. "We've done this for the past two years," Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says, "We've done about four community meetings a year but this year we're really going to try to step it up and try to do more so we can discuss things that are going on, a lot of the changes that we're trying to implement this year."

Commissioners say these meetings will be beneficial in that they can talk with the communities about issues, concerns, or troubles that those residents might be having in their respective areas. Commissioners say these meetings are also going to be able to give them a chance to talk with residents one on one about the proposed one cent sales tax.

"We'll start out with a work session and have a presentation on the one cent sales tax to kind of put the information out there, and then we'll have it open for any questions, concerns, or thoughts on the sales tax or any other things that are going on," Hodges says

Commissioners say they feel the meetings will be important because it allows them to show the communities what they're doing for their county. "We also get to hear what people think are the biggest issues and try to take those on, and see if there's something more that we can't do to better that situation," Hodges says.

Commissioners hope to have the upcoming dates in the next couple of weeks. We will post them to as they become available.

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