Scott Burnett, chair of the Jackson County Legislature, says he is intent on getting a local senior services tax on the ballot this year.
It would be a property tax – 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation – and would bring in an estimated $5.3 million a year. If approved, the county executive would name a commission along the same lines as the group that is administering the county’s children’s services tax, approved by voters in 2016.
“They would collect the money and spent it to try to keep seniors in their homes,” Burnett said Monday.
Advocates of such services have long said that simple things such as minor home repairs and rides to the doctor can go a long way toward helping seniors maintain their independence.
The county has the power to levy such a tax with voter approval. Burnett has favored the idea for years but hasn’t been able to get his colleagues in the Legislature to agree that the time is right. Now he’s making a push and is aiming for the November ballot.
“So I’m determined that we’re going to try,” he said.