Local voters will decide the fate of two tax issues and two liquor options in the May 7 primary election in Jackson County.
The only countywide levy will be a 1.5-mill, 10-year new levy to support the needs of the children's foster-care placement program operated by the Jackson County Department of Job and Family Services. The levy failed in last November's general election, receiving 46 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile the City of Jackson is asking its voters to approve a new 1 percent city income tax with the new revenue to provide funding for the Jackson Police Department. The added funding is needed to avert multiple projected layoffs of police department employees. City voters rejected a proposed 1 percent income tax in the 2016 election, but that revenue was to have been used mainly for infrastructure improvements and repairs.
There are also two companion liquor options on the ballot in Jackson City Precinct 1A for Clark's Pump and Shop on Twin Oaks Drive. The first option, if approved, would permit the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages on Monday through Saturday. The second option seeks the approval of the sale of wine and mixed beverages on Sunday between the hours of 1 p.m. and midnight.
The Jackson County Elections Board approved all the candidates, tax issues and liquor options for the primary-election ballot when it met Tuesday, Feb. 13 to certify petitions.