Jackson County officials are bracing for more severe budget challenges amid speculation that the property tax digest for Jackson County could dip by 10-20 percent following reassessments this year.
“Right now it’s really tentative,” noted Hunter Bicknell, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. “There’s been a little work trying to estimate it and it looks like somewhere as much as 10 percent shrinkage for the coming year.”
“Jackson County’s tax assessors are reassessing all residential and agricultural land in the county,” reports John Hulsey, the county’s finance director. “The worst-case scenario we’re planning for is a 20-percent decline in the value of land alone, not counting the improvements (houses, etc.).”
If Jackson County's tax digest falls by 10 percent, revenue for operating the county schools, such as East Jackson Comprehensive High School pictured here, will be reduced to the point that more staff layoffs will be required, according to superintendent of schools Shannon Adams.
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