Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

April 30, 2011

Questions about JEDCO’s money

JACKSONVILLE — I would like to elaborate as to why I spoke before the Jacksonville City Council on April 12, 2011.  It was to bring attention to the council that the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation is not following state guidelines when giving out tax dollars.  I wanted the council to hear my concerns regarding the usage of the ½ cent sales tax that JEDCO oversees.  You see JEDCO tends to play by its rules.  They continue to close the door when the city manager & council go before them for assistance with projects or needs.  For instance, plans to renovate the softball and baseball complex were a dual effort by both the city and JEDCO until the city did not qualify for a grant.  Now JEDCO has tabled the plans until after the mayor election.  When the ladder truck was purchased for the fire department about 5-6 years ago, JEDCO paid for the truck however the city had to pay back JEDCO.  In reality, the tax paying citizens of Jacksonville paid for that ladder truck twice!

The Jacksonville Economic Development Board of Directors oversees the 4B tax monies.  The JEDCO Board of Directors consists of seven (7) members who are appointed by the City Council.   

Here is a quick lesson between Type A and Type B Sales Tax.  Type A sales tax can fund manufacturing and industrial facilities; and etc.  Type B sales tax can be used for the same purposes as listed for Type A.  In addition, Type B sales tax can also fund retail business incentives; sport and athletic facilities, tourist and convention facilities; public parks; etc.  4B sales tax can be used for streets and roads; public safety facilities and equipment; demolition of existing structures; general municipally owned improvements; etc.  

What has JEDCO generated for Jacksonville in the last 5-10 years?  Who is JEDCO?  Are they committed to pursue business with integrity and in compliance of all laws?  Are they committed to work with the city manager/council? Are they committed to the taxpayers?  If they are not there are options that both the city and the voters can do to intervene with JEDCO: first, the council can replace their appointments and second, the city council can go back to the voters to ask the voters to rescind the ½ tax from JEDCO.

Why can’t JEDCO use our tax monies on other developments?  Wouldn’t it be for the better of the city to have a convention center, new fire stations, new water-lines, a YMCA, new baseball and softball fields?  When you have these new developments you have people wanting to come to Jacksonville to spend money to put on a gun and knife or boat show, an indoor facility to host the Tomato Festival or to host sports tournaments at an athletic complex that can provide quality sports entertainment.  Isn’t this what everyone wants for Jacksonville?

To know more information about economic development and resources, you can go to www.texasahead.org or you can contact you city councilman.  

Phyllis Wilburn,

Jacksonville

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • BBB column lacked Jacksonville comparison

    The Saturday, July 12, Progress had an informative article from the Better Business Bureau regarding the precautions that should be taken when renting property.  Some additional comments are in order.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bravo, Hooray, Hurrah

    Bravo, hooray, hurrah, well done and kudos with clapping and whistles aplenty! I just finished reading the new and improved Jacksonville Progress and loved every minute of it. I spent twice as long perusing the paper as I normally take.

    July 19, 2014

  • Bravo, Hooray, Hurrah

    Bravo, hooray, hurrah, well done and kudos with clapping and whistles aplenty! I just finished reading the new and improved Jacksonville Progress and loved every minute of it. I spent twice as long perusing the paper as I normally take.

    July 19, 2014

  • Federal Act concerning border children signed into effect in 2008

    The Daily Progress published an Associated Press report that said Governor Rick Perry’s allegation that the illegal flow of children into the United States from Central America is a direct result of President Obama’s bad public relations policies.

    July 17, 2014

  • We are here to help

    As commander of American Legion Post 152 in Jacksonville; I'm proud to say that our organization sponsors a number of different programs on a national lever such as: Scholarships, Boys State / Nation, Scouting, Youth Cadet Law Enforcement, Homeless Veterans and many more; for a full list of programs see: http://www.legion.org/program

    July 15, 2014

  • Discarded and forgotten

    Family reunions are a tradition worldwide, I suppose. I’ve read the Kennedy’s do them; I have enjoyed movies of poignant, funny, even deadly gatherings of clans both small and great.

    July 3, 2014

  • Cheney reminds writer of Capt. Ahab

    Like a lost spirit from wars past, Dick Cheney recently appeared on Fox News to promote his political lobbying group called “Alliance for a Strong America.”

    July 2, 2014

  • Standing up for abused, neglected children

    It's been sixteen years since I retired from the Air Force, but I still serve our country and my community today. I am proud to be a veteran, and I am proud to be a CASA - a court appointed special advocate.

    June 26, 2014

  • Questioning job of animal shelter workers

    I would like to make a comment on the animal shelter. I live in Gallatin on Hwy. 22. Everybody has a cat or a dog or lots of them.

    June 24, 2014

  • Kudos to shelter’s response to criticism

    Miss Wallace’s response to the criticisms of the Klein Animal Shelter is one of the most articulate, erudite and intellectually honest letters to the editor I have ever read.

    June 24, 2014