Jackson City Officials Push Internet Sales Tax During Town Hall Meeting


Inside a room bedecked with “Yes on Jackson” signs and balloons, a town hall meeting was held to promote the city’s use, or internet sales tax initiative on Thursday evening. Twenty-four came to the event at the new Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce building at 1846 E. Jackson Blvd. with 20 more joining the event on Facebook Live. City officials took turns advocating for the 2.5% tax, which — if approved by referendum November 2 ,2021  will go entirely to enhance the city’s parks and recreational facilities. Jackson officials have tried on three previous occasions since 2014 to pass a use tax, failing each time — with the closest margin of defeat, 82 votes, coming in the most recent attempt in 2019. Officials say this tax on internet, or online, sales will be same as what citizens pay already when they buy something from a bricks-and-mortar store. The use tax should generate an estimated $500,000 annually, officials say.

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