On April 3, voters in Carthage and Jasper County will be asked to make several decisions; extension of an existing tax, elect a new Mayor for Carthage and select two out of three people running for the Carthage R-9 School board.

On April 3, voters in Carthage and Jasper County will be asked to make several decisions; extension of an existing tax, elect a new Mayor for Carthage and select two out of three people running for the Carthage R-9 School board.  
County wide, voters are asked to permanently extend the one quarter of one percent Jasper County Road and Bridge Tax that sunsets this year. This is not a new tax, only an extension of a very important piece of funding to keep our county roads and bridges in good shape.
Information provided by the County Auditor shows that the County Road and Bridge Sales Tax produces approximately $4.4 million of the Jasper County Highway Departments annual revenue of $7.3 million.  
Without this sales tax the Jasper County Highway Department would have less than $3 million annual revenue. This would severely limit the department’s ability to maintain the current number of roads and bridges for which the department is responsible.
We are fortunate to have the good roads and bridges that we do in Jasper County. It is very important to all of us that Jasper County maintain the good roads and bridges that we travel every day.
The Carthage Chamber of Commerce encourages voters to vote YES on the extension of the one quarter of one percent Jasper County Road and Bridge Tax on April 3.
City wide, there are three people running for the position of Mayor, Brad Cameron, Dan Rife and Jason Shelfer. All three candidates have some affiliation with the City in that two are current City Council members and one serves as the City’s Municipal Judge.
Also, there is one person running for each of the five seats on the City Council.
Carthage R-9 School District has three people running for two positions. Two incumbents, Michael Goolsby and Lee Elliff Pound and one challenger Bill Lasley.  
On Tuesday, April 3, Carthage residents, Jasper County residents and Carthage R-9 residents will have the opportunity to cast votes for Carthage Mayor, Carthage City Council, Road and Bridge Tax Extension and Carthage R-9 School Board.
Go Vote!