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Jackson voters to decide on sales tax increase

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The last time the people in Jackson had a tax increase for parks and recreation was just after World War II in 1948.

Now some in the city want to change that.

When Jackson voters head to the polls November 6 a sales tax increase will be on the ballot.

The people behind the proposal say if it passes, it will add about six cents to a $25 bill.

And city leaders say even if it passes, the city will have the lowest sales tax in the region at 7.225 percent.

All of the money will go toward supporting a donated 26,000 square foot community center in town.

Another group will front $5 million to get the project off the ground.

And mayor Barbara Lohr says money from the community center will help offset a hole in the city budget.

"We've had to subsidize our parks budget to the tune of about $150,000," Lohr said. "If we pass Prop 1, we will still have the lowest sales tax in the area and get that subsidy taken care of."

Some of the revenue may also go to a new swimming pool.

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