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Why did JCC raise the tax rate?

Editor's note: Following are six stories that seek to explain or set straight comments made by the candidates at Wednesday night's debate.

Real estate taxes and the decision to increase the rate charged to property owners was a front-and-center topic for candidates.

Notably, Republican candidate Sue Sadler criticized the county for its spending practices and reasons to levy more funds using real estate taxes.

"Spending $5 million to save land from development that could barely be developed, then they said it was to fully fund schools - they didn't fully fund schools - then they said it was for five initiatives including stormwater, but their initiative...