County reworks funding for jail

The Jackson County Council established a new means of accounting for income tax money that pays for the jail and juvenile center operating expenses.

Council members set up a separate account to deposit money generated by an excess county adjusted income tax of 0.1 percent, which the county almost lost a year ago because of an error in renewing the rate. The overall tax is set at 1.1 percent.

The state is anticipating the 0.1 percent portion of the tax, which was reinstated after the legislature overrode Gov. Mike Pence’s veto of a bill to renew the tax last June, will generate $787,689 this year. Last year, that portion of the tax raised $726,638.81.

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