JUNE 1, 2017 - STATEMENT FROM MAYOR JERRY GIST

June 1, 2017

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR JERRY GIST

It’s unfortunate to be in a lawsuit with the county, but the courts may be the best vehicle to settle the validity of the city’s decision to have control over how tax dollars raised within the city are spent.  We know state law is on our side.  We know the city council had the right to redirect the city’s portion of the 1.25 cent sales tax to the city’s general fund.  This issue, to me, is about fairness.  It is not fair that 91.4% of the local funding for schools comes from sales and property taxes generated by Jackson city residents.  It is not fair to watch the county use the city’s annual gift to lower the amount of money the county pays in property taxes to schools.

The city and the county split 50/50 the amount of money each of us gives several local agencies:  the library, the airport, and emergency management.  We need to be fair to city residents and do the same for local schools.