Saturday, September 2, 2017

Property taxes going up

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued the following statement:

The Mayor incorporated a 2 millage increase into the budget. The 2 millage increase on a house with a market value of $100,000 will add $20 per year to property taxes.

Mayor Lumumba says, “Raising taxes is always our last resort. We understand the seriousness of going to the tax payers asking for more dollars. We hope this will be the last time in a long time that we ask for an increase in taxes.” Mayor Lumumba states, “We assure the City that we will be good steward of the money.” Mayor Lumumba continues, “Now is the time that we have to make hard decisions. By ensuring good government and accountability, we are doing the work to move Jackson in the right direction.” Mayor Lumumba concludes, “We appreciate the sacrifices that our citizen’s make on a daily basis to move our City forward.”


Anonymous said...

"We've cut government so much over time that our revenue has fallen short … What we've got to do now is fill the hole and build on it," Lumumba said. 

This is a quote from Mayor Lumumba in yesterday's Clarion Ledger. He needs some accounting classes. Revenue doesn't fall short because you cut government (expenses). It falls short because people are gettin the hell out of your city!

Getting tired said...

"We appreciate the sacrifices that our citizen's (sic) make on a daily basis to move our City forward." Sounds like a TV preacher wearing a tailored suit and a $200 haircut asking his flock to dig a little deeper and the rewards will flow. Do I get a prayer cloth dipped in the holy water of the Pearl River to put under my pillow?

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping the landlords raise their rent twice the tax increase amount to prove a point to "the people". That is, property taxes affect everyone.…even renters.

Anonymous said...

PaPa Lumumba put a 1% sale tax on Jackson.
Little Chakway is raising property taxes.
Like father like son.

Anonymous said...

When the renter's rent goes up and car tags go up, as well, they may realize that we ALL pay more when the stinking government raised millage rates. 3 mills last year, 2 mills this year, and the radicalized moronic Mayor states that revenue has fallen because government has been reduced. Government creates NOTHING. Only TAKES.
Jackson is lost.

Anonymous said...

B!tch B!tch B!tch.... all some of you do is point fingers and B!tch about Jackson from your recliners in Rankin/Madison counties. Unless you live in Jackson OR are tryinh to help your crap opinion is moot. Yes Jackson has its problems but there are some people who live there and/or are trying to make a difference vs spewing negative energy. Try, for once, to think about how you can help or encourage those boots on the ground.

Anonymous said...


These systemic problems are grounded in a failure to maintain the place.

Taxes should have been higher years ago.

Dale Danks et al kicked the can down the road.

Now when all the earners leave and create a separate city where once again they are refusing to acknowledge that you have to maintain the place....through taxes.

Anonymous said...

As the Iron Lady said the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money.

Anonymous said...

To fix the streets, bridges, water and sewer systems, will require money. If the city hires the full contingent of policemen the police department needs, it will require money. Someone must pay and the mayor is only asking those who will benefit most to help pay for the return of the city physical plant to somewhere close to where it should be.

I applaud him for having the courage to do the painful things that must be done.

Anonymous said...

Applaud him for taking more taxpayer money? I'd applaud him if he made serious cuts to the city. That takes real courage.

Anonymous said...

Is there any way they'll provide us a breakdown of HOW the homes are assessed, what zip code pays the most taxes (DUH) and exactly how much (%) in regard to property taxes, are being paid by that area?

In addition, since I have noted 8 people standing around a hole watching 1 person digging the hole for our infamous water department, exactly what services we are getting, for the amount of taxes we're paying?

I'm in full favor of LEFLEUR -- splitting away from Jackson proper, and managing our own lives in 39211........wake up people .......follow in the footsteps of Sandy Springs (Georgia and I believe Bucktown would also like to follow that path) -- they did it with a Republican Majority in the Georgia State House and Senate and divested themselves of the sucking chest wound called Atlanta.

SHEEPLE in NE Jackson - take control of your lives and remove yourself from this Detroit (Jr.) where we have absolutely NO voice in City government but pay ALL the tax base, both in business and property. Do you really think it's going to get any better???? I'm getting kind of sick of paying the bill and then being told what the rules are that I MUST abide by........stupid is as stupid does and as long as we are willing to allow this, then we deserve this.

WAKE UP!!! We have choices, and we have options, and we do not have to continue to put up with this corrupt, incompetent nonsense, called Jackson City Government. I can guarantee if we don't take control of our own destiny, that we'll be the ones who are paying the freight for everyone in Jackson, with no voice in any decisions, and being called racist bigoted homophobic capitalist in the process.

There have to be plenty of smart attorneys in my zip code who could take this on and investigate what needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

1:38, most of the people I've encountered in Jackson don't give a shit about their city. They throw trash on the ground and treat each other like shit, and don't get me started on the workforce. I applaud anyone who is trying to make a difference, but rather than working toward a common goal, everyone seems to have their hand out and is looking for an angle for personal gain. And let's talk about the rampant crime - the criminal justice system is dysfunctional at best, if people don't feel safe, they're not going to come to Jackson to do anything, much less buy a house and pay taxes.

Anonymous said...

Guess it's part of the Free the Land Social Experiment New Society Vision for Jackson this gal just wrote about here at the Oxford American.

Anonymous said...

Did y'all know the Junior college's board of trustees can raise the millage tax by this much and do? And, those guys are appointed, not elected.

Anonymous said...

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY...but mostly taxation and graft.

Anonymous said...

Very poor front page graphic on Clarion Ledger today, Sunday...featuring Senior and Baby-Chock, eluding to their 'vision' for the city. Neither had/has a 'vision for the city' - Only a vision for his personal wealth and legacy. Neither would recognize 'city building' or community service if it slapped him upside the head.

Circling The Bowl.. said...

"Unless you live in Jackson OR are tryinh (sic) to help your crap opinion is moot."

That comment is from the same gang who holler, "We're all in this together", "As Jackson goes, so goes the Metro" and "You people in the burbs need to pitch in and help out".

Everything 'outside of Jackson' is moot until they stick their hand out, palm up. Do you recognize 'The Republic of New Afrika' in the initial quote? We in charge now. Sit back in your recliners and watch us turn this place into a third world country.

Anonymous said...

2:48,wonderful theory, along with all the other 'spending is wonderful - of other people's money'. The problem with your theory is that this increase will not do any one of the things you mention, much less all. Fix roads. Fix water. Fully staff the police. on,and on, and on.

Until the city right sizes itself there will never be 'enough money' to take care of the city. Staff is much too heavy in many departments, while totally shortstaffed in those essential services. The city refuses to collect water/sewer bills - not the overbillings that proliferate, but those that don't pay their minimum bill, those that straight-pipe their water and when caught, do it again.

Arguing for an hour over how much (not whether to) fund the Farish Street festival - Antwar with crew fiddling while Rome, uh, Jackson, burns.

Yes the city has tightened its budget in many areas the past few years but furloughing staff one day every two weeks is not how to manage the city. Instead of this 10% reduction in staffing, terminate 10 or 15% of the excess administrative staffing that still exists. Quit the ridiculous EBO contracting requirements that drive up the cost of maintaining the city infrastructure. Manage the city like it was your money, not other peoples. Until you do that a constant increase in millage is not going to solve the problems.

Anonymous said...

So the Preacher-Lawyer has started lining his pockets! Or at least tryinh (sic)...

Anonymous said...

6:32 is correct.

The city is 1/2 its largest size.

The city should be staffed accordingly....except the police.

The city is twice as violent which requires more police than at any time ever.


My idea

Jackson should buy a trailer park in rankin county and move kids there to go to rankin schools.

Better use of money imo

Anonymous said...

I don't care what anybody does. All you have to do is look at Flint, MI, Ferguson, MO, or Trenton NJ, Jackson is rapidly headed there and will be that period. The same ingredients, cooked the same way, make the same cake. Money doesn't solve problems, people do and until Jackson is inhabited by a majority of problem solvers it will continue to make it self known as a dump.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is a city that cares for it's citizens. It just happens that the majority of Jackson citizens do not pay any taxes, does not own any property, lives off the government, and are already criminals or well on their way to becoming one.
The elected officials are doing everything in their power to speed things along. It also helps them line their pockets and the pockets of their friends.

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