Tradition in Education
Jackson Trail Christian School
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Jackson Trail Feature
day of school
Ashleigh Lance arrives
for the first day of school Friday at North Jackson Elementary
School with her mother, Celia, and a younger sibling. Ashleigh
is a student in Bernice Davis' kindergarten class.
millage rates set
Digest growth to hold rates steady
BY ANGELA GARY
A projected jump in the county's tax digest should allow the
county government to increase its budget and still keep property
tax rates the same as last year. At least that's what the Jackson
County Board of Commissioners hoped last week as they approved
a tentative budget and tax rate for the year 2000.
A public hearing on the millage rate and budget will be held
when the BOC meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Jackson
County Administrative Building auditorium in Jefferson. Copies
of the budget are available at the commissioner's office.
Preliminary numbers show an increase in the incorporated tax
digests of 25 percent and a 15 percent jump in unincorporated
areas. If that growth proves to be accurate as the digest is
finalized later this year, the BOC plans to set millage rates
of 8.90 in incorporated areas and 7.57 in unincorporated areas,
virtually the same rates as last year.
The total county budget is expected to top $21.8 million in 2000.
The general operations fund is expected to account for $14.5
million of that, up $1.5 million from last year. Special enterprise
funds for the landfill and for capital projects are expected
to make up the rest of the budget.
The 2000 budget projects income of $11.2 million from taxes with
only $5.57 million of that coming from property taxes. The rest
of the tax income is generated from sales taxes and various transfer
and utility taxes.
In addition to taxes, the county gets income from licenses and
permits, court fines and various service charges. Of particular
note, state income for inmates at the Jackson County Correctional
Institute is expected to jump 31 percent to $1.22 million next
On the expense side, the sheriff's department and jail make up
the single largest part of the budget at $3.23 million. The road
department makes up $2.74 million of the total, while the JCCI
tops $1.43 million. The ambulance service is budgeted at $1.25
million for the year. The county also plans to sell some $3 million
of its road equipment to help fund purchasing new equipment for
The county's recreation department is budgeted at $358,000 for
the year with some $116,000 being paid for with user fees and
the rest coming from general income.