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Jackson's new 1 percent sales tax kicks in Sat.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson's additional 1 percent local sales tax kicks in Saturday, but with a list of exemptions designed to be easy on the pocketbooks of low-income residents.

Food and medications are among items excluded from the additional tax

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1jF0Jjf ) some 90 percent of city voters approved a referendum last month creating a one-cent sales tax on certain purchases that is projected to generate $12 million to $15 million annually toward a $2 billion citywide upgrade of Jackson's infrastructure.

Marlana Walters, owner of The Everyday Gourmet, is hopeful the infrastructure improvements will attract shoppers and new businesses to the city.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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