JPS bond vote: 5 things you need to know

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1.     Jackson residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 7, the day before the school year begins, to decide whether to reissue $65 million in bond debt.

2.     The district finished paying off that portion this year from an earlier $150 million bond referendum passed in 2006. Proponents argue that voting in favor of the renewal will not raise Jackson residents’ taxes or other fees, while opponents point out that voting against it would provide residents with some tax relief.

3.     The referendum needs 60 percent of the vote to pass.

4.     Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your polling place, visit the Hinds County website. A city hall spokeswoman said that voters in Precinct 98, on the campus of Tougaloo College, and Jackson 1, at Griffith Memorial Baptist Church, will not participate in the election because they are not part of the Jackson school district.

5.     Voters will need to present photo identification at the polls.