The Jackson County Commission approved two resolutions at its meeting Monday afternoon to send to the Jackson County Legislative Delegation. The purpose of the resolutions is to help with the county’s financial situation.

District 2 Commissioner Jason Venable sponsored the two resolutions, which are exactly the same except for the last paragraph. Venable said they were just two more ideas to help the county’s financial problem.

The resolutions read:

Do you favor a county wide increase of the sales and use sales tax in the amount of one cent to support the roadway infrastructure within Jackson County? The revenue generated from the passage of this referendum would distribute as follows:

Half of the revenue for the first four years would be divided among Jackson County municipalities on a per capita basis using the same population that applies to the distribution of the municipal portion of the TVA in lieu of revenue. Any and all revenue received by these municipalities from this new source may only be used for expenditures related to roadway development and maintenance in/or around the said municipality.

The remaining portion for the same four years would be retained by Jackson County and a sum of no less than 75% to be spent only on expenditures related to the development, repair or maintenance of roadways. Up to 12 and a half percent would go to support Jackson County Council on Aging, rural transportation and Senior Rx programs. The remaining portion would be restricted in use only to expenditures related to operation of the Jackson County Jail or maintenance of Jackson County buildings.

Following the four-year distribution period ending, the first $1.5 million (or up to ¼ of one cent) would be placed into a fund to support 50/50 roadway projects between Jackson County and municipalities within its borders. This would have to be approved by the Jackson County Legislative Delegation. The remaining revenue would be retained by Jackson County and held to the same distribution restrictions as the first four years.

The last paragraph of the second resolution reads:

Following the ending of the four-year distribution period, the first $1.5 million (or up to ¼ of one cent) would be divided among the municipalities under the same restriction with the same per capita formula. The remaining revenue would be retained by Jackson County and held to the same distribution restrictions as the first four years.

Commission Chairman Tim Guffey is hopeful that the legislative delegation will approve one or both of these resolutions. The commission sent several to the delegation last year near the end of the 2019 legislative session.

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