Mayor of Jenkins proposes occupational tax

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A controversial topic was on the agenda at the Jenkins City Council meeting.

It was the first reading of an ordinance to impose a 1.5 percent occupational tax that would only apply to those who work in the city limits. The mayor said many towns already have the tax and it is fair to ask for it in order for the city to survive in the current economy.

"Here is my and some of the city council's argurment, if you come into the city and I don't have an occupational tax for you and while you are here, you have to use all of the services that the city provides, including roads, police and fire, you have to use them," said Mayor G.C. Kincer.
"You come in and use them at no charge, the citizens of Jenkins are paying for that."

"I feel personally that this tax is detrimental. I really don't think that it is in the best interest of this town," said Betsy Addington.

Addington said she lived in Jenkins and had two daughters who would be affected by the tax. She said it would be a seventh tax those people who live and work would see. Addington said she had a petition with nearly 300 signatures which asked for an amendment to exempt those who live and work in the city.

The next reading will be at a special called meeting when the council will vote on it. Two of the six council members said they were against the tax at the meeting.

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