Jackson Mayor Pushes Sales Tax Increase

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Jackson, Miss.

The city of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure.

WJTV reports Mayor Chokwe Lumumba held a town hall meeting Sunday night to discuss the one percent increase and answer questions from the community.

Lumumba says the city needs an estimated $1.2 billion to completely fix its infrastructure. He says raising sales tax by one percent will bring in at least $15 million a year in revenue.

The proposal states the increased tax will not only improve infrastructure, but also create job opportunities, and increase public safety for an overall economic impact.

City residents will vote on the proposed increase Jan. 14.