“Mississippi used to have an optional sales tax, a lot of people don’t know that. We had one for several years until the 60s when it went away,” said Senator Terry Burton.
“It’s not for everybody, but it is for some. And it would be a great opportunity for people to tax themselves if they have a vote. I don’ think you go wrong when you let people decide how they want to be taxed.”
If the bill passes it will allow you to vote for a temporary sales tax increases in order to fund projects in your own communities.
“The sales tax he’s talking about will not be on there forever. If we do a $2 million water project, after that is paid off, that goes away,” said Fulton Mayor, Paul Walker.
Walker wishes the bill would go through. He says his city is steadily going into reserve funds to keep up with city streets, infrastructure, and would love to have extra money to operate on if his constituents voted on it.
According to Mayor of Aberdeen, Cecil Belle, some people do not understand the bill and think their taxes are going to be raised, which would only be the case if 60 percent of the populous voted for their taxes to be raised.
“The tax is not imposed on us, we are given the option to have the tax,” said Belle.