The Clarion-Ledger, 8/10/7

The audience was lively and the questions were blunt during a forum Thursday night for Jackson’s Ward 1 City Council candidates.

“Will you raise taxes? Yes or no?” resident Morris Reagan demanded midway through candidate Jeff Weill’s attempt to answer the initial question.

“Suppose we reach maximum efficiency with city spending and that was not enough, would you approve a tax increase?” was Reagan’s initial question. And it was met by chorus of whispered chatter from the crowd, which had filled at least one-third of the 340 chairs laid out in Christ United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall.