Overwhelming "NO" to Jackson Stormwater Fee

Less than 14% of voters actually checked "yes" or "no" on the stormwater fee. And, of that small percentage, two-thirds voted against it.

Jackson Chamber of Commerce President, Mindy Bradish-Orta, sais the Chamber was against it from the start. "We were opposed to the ballot language because the ordinance was too far-reaching. There was no plan, there was no budget. We had no idea how much we were going to be charged."

Jackson City Councilman Andrew Frounfelker acknowledged it may have been too confusing for voters.

"There was really no way to really tell people how much it's going to cost in the sense of the language that was on the ballot - you only get so many words to explain it and it was very hard to put cost because there were different costs for different size properties and so forth," he explained.

Despite the wording, Paul Bowen supported the proposal. "When we had a snowstorm, the leaves caused a major problem and I wound up getting stuck at the end of the street because, partly because there was like ten inches of snow, but also because the neighbor had leaves piled onto the street that hadn't been taken care of," Bowen said.

But, a fellow homeowner said the city government has bigger issues."I think if government can focus on the resources they should provide like public safety," said Larry Lloyd of Jackson. "Then we can return to local businesses to provide more efficient services for things like leave pickup instead of the government."

The City Council has a meeting next week to discuss if it'll encourage private business's support or try to find funding.

"Funding is going to be a big problem going forward and we're going to have to figure out a way to either eliminate other services to provide these services, or find out what we can and cannot do and just basically tweak the budget going with that," Councilman Frounfelker said.

Despite the defeat in the primary, the Chamber President said the proposal could show up again on the November ballot.

The Chamber plans to meet with the City Council to work out ways a revised proposal could protect local businesses from getting hit with a huge stormwater charge.


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