Residents in opposition of a Jackson Co. one cent sales tax proposal voice opinions, plan to hold volunteer meeting

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JACKSON CO., Ala. - In about a month Jackson County residents will hit the polls to vote "yes" or "no" on a one cent sales tax increase, but some residents are in opposition, saying there are other solutions.

With funding decreasing across the board, the Jackson County Commission says the one cent sales tax proposal is much-needed to maintain operations.

For some people, like Ellen O'Connor, it's the wrong move. "It's really going to be a disproportionate tax against the low-income families in this county," O'Connor says.

O'Connor joins others in her concerns, saying among other issues, they're concerned how the money would be spent. There are also concerns on the cost of the election.

O'Connor says there are other solutions rather than the proposed tax, like more cuts. "I think they are barking up the wrong tree at this time, with the one cent sales tax increase," she says.

Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says they've made as many cuts as they can without hurting the citizens. He says more cuts mean fewer services.

"Not paving roads, not having the sheriff's coverage even that we have now which is minimal," Hodges explains, "Any further cuts that we make are really going to hurt the citizens of Jackson County. That's why we're pursuing the sales tax at this time."

Hodges says there are specific plans for the funds.

"We've laid out a very clear plan on where we want to spend these dollars, we've got it listed out," Hodges adds, "We put those amounts out and would be glad to share that."

Ultimately both sides of the issue want the county to move forward.

The polls will be open on August 18th.

Some residents who are opposed to the tax are holding a meeting on Monday, July 27, to organize their efforts. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Triple R BBQ in Scottsboro.

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