The Jackson County Commission hosted its second community meeting to discuss the Holiday Shores subdivision Monday evening, and everyone left with more questions.
More citizens attended the second meeting than the first, and they had questions about property taxes in the subdivision if it were to be moved into Marshall County. Josh Morris asked if the property taxes would remain the same if the section of Holiday Shores were moved into Marshall County. He has property in both counties and said he pays much more in Marshall County than he does in Jackson County.
Morris said he has four lots in the Jackson County portion of Holiday Shores, and he pays about $300 for all four lots. He has one lot in Marshall County, and he pays almost the same amount for it than he does for the four lots in Jackson County.
Kevin Clark has the same problem as Morris. He has two lots in the Jackson County part of Holiday Shores, and he said he pays about $25 for those two lots. He has four on the Marshall County side, and he said he pays close to $1,000 in property taxes for those four lots.
Both men said they wanted to stay in Jackson County if the property taxes were going to skyrocket once they were moved to Marshall County.
Marshall County District 2 Commissioner Rick Watson said he did not know why the property taxes were so much higher in Marshall County and that he would find out the problem.
Commission Chairman Tim Guffey said once the property tax situation is resolved, they will be able to move forward.
There were questions about the condition of the roads in Holiday Shores. The roads are not in Jackson County’s inventory, so the county cannot service the roads. Guffey said for a road to be put into inventory, it must be built to state specifications and be serviced for one year.
The majority of the subdivision is in Marshall County, but there is a small part that is in Jackson County. The estimated 60 acres located in Jackson County may be transferred to Marshall County, but only by a legislative act.
All services in the Holiday Shores community are provided by Marshall County, and all the children that live in the small section in Jackson County attend Marshall County schools.
The 16 residents, however, pay taxes in Jackson County. Commission Chairman Tim Guffey said the total amount the county gets from those 16 residents is $986.
A legislative act would be needed to change the boundary line. If both commissions are agreeable, they can draft the proper documentation for each commission to adopt. Both commissions agree that the issue would not be resolved this legislative session, but they promised to return at a later date.
Guffey said the meeting went well and that he was happy people came out to voice their concerns.