A first public hearing before the Jackson County Legislature on a proposed sales tax for medical research drew no outright opposition. Legislators do have a hefty array of questions about costs and benefits.
If sent to and approved by Jackson County voters, the half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $40 million a year for what has been termed "Translational Medical Research."
Most Jackson County legislators will return to their seats after last night's primaries, with the exception of the legislature's chair.
Newcomer Crystal Williams defeated incumbent Henry Rizzo 50 to 43 in the second district at-large. Williams said she thinks people were ready for a change.
"The discussions that I had with the people of Jackson County about openness and transparency in county government is something that really resonated with folks," Williams said.