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About the City of Jacksonville

Located in the rolling hills of Cherokee County in East Texas, Jacksonville has always greeted its visitors with warmth and hospitality. We take pride in our scenic overlooks, strong industrial growth, recreational parks and state of the art baseball and soccer complexes.  We invite you to take a tour through our city and countryside by browsing through our web pages, bringing you closer to the "Star of East Texas".

Jacksonville News

  • Holiday Closing
    The City of Jacksonville will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014.
  • Citizens Police Academy
    We are accepting applications for our upcoming Citizens Police Academy Class.
  • Lake Jacksonville made No. 9 for the Top Largemouth Bass fishing lake in East Texas
    Lake Jacksonville made No. 9 for the top largemouth bass fishing in East Texas.  This according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, they used data collected from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife to generate the list.

Police Department

The Jacksonville Police Department is responsible for enforcing all Federal and State Laws and local ordinances inside the city limits.  During this time of year as school is starting back up, the Police Department wants to remind you to watch for children walking in residential areas and slow down in school zones.  The Police Department will be patrol all the school zones and areas around the schools looking for speeders.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

The City of Jacksonville will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 4.42 percent. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The first public hearing will be held on August 26, 2014 at 6pm in the Norman Center Council Chambers at 526 E. Commerce in Jacksonville, Texas.

The second public hearing will be held on September 2, 2014 at 6pm in the Norman Center Council Chambers at 526 E. Commerce in Jacksonville, Texas.

The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows:

 FOR: Robinson, Smith, McDonald, Swink, Melvin

 AGAINST: None

 PRESENT : None

 ABSENT: None

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in the City of Jacksonville last year was $81,199. Based on last year’s tax rate of $0.6276 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $509.60.

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in the City of Jacksonville this year is $81,427. If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.6317 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $514.37.

If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.6596 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $537.09.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views.


Lake Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville maintains the Lake Jacksonville Recreational area which is located about three miles from downtown Jacksonville and offers 1,325 acres of water. The lake is surrounded by homes and lovely East Texas scenery.

The Parks department maintains ten screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity, and ten R.V. pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers.

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