The public has spoken and the residents of Jackson Parish have overwhelmingly stated that they do not want an increase in the Sales Tax. With 31 of 31 precincts reporting of the 1567 votes cast, which represented a paltry 15.7% turnout, 1173 voted against the tax increase compared to only 394 in favor of adding one percent to the 9.45% sales tax rate currently in effect. Early voting statistics mirrored the opinion as well as 369 voted against compared to 142 voting for the proposal.
Final results of 1% increase of Sales Tax in Jackson Parish
1,173 – Against
394 – For
1,567 – Votes cast
Shall the Parish of Jackson, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), be authorized to levy and collect and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, a tax of one percent (1%) (the “Tax”) (an estimated $1,850,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year) upon the sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use or consumption, of tangible personal property and on sales of services in the Parish, all as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from July 1, 2021, with the proceeds of the Tax (after paying the reasonable and necessary expenses of collecting and administering the Tax), to be dedicated and used for the purpose of waste management, jail and courthouse expansion, road construction and maintenance, and to pay any debt service requirements on bonds issued for such purpose, or any part thereof?