Council votes to participate in sales tax holidays
by Daniel Gaddy
Jul 03, 2012 | 1534 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The City Council on Monday voted to participate in two state-wide sales tax holidays.

The council members unanimously approved resolutions that exempted the City of Carbon Hill’s sales tax for items associated with the Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday, which will take place July 6-8.

The holiday is part of legislation passed by the Alabama Legislature this year. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper), and it exempts more than a dozen items like weather radios and flashlights from state sales tax. The items must cost $60 or less, except for generators, which are covered as long as they cost $1,000 or less.

The council also unanimously passed a resolution exempting city taxes for the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which is set for Aug. 3-5.

In other council business:

•Mayor Chris Hart announced that city workers would begin making courtesy calls to the owners of property or homes deemed as nuisances to the city.

Hart said city leaders will send notification my mail 14 days after the courtesy call. Fourteen days after the letters are received, the council will vote to declare it a nuisance and set up a hearing. If no one shows to dispute the council’s resolution at the hearing, city leaders will then move forward in cleaning up the property.

Hart said he is confident many owners of the nuisance properties will clean up their homes after receiving a courtesy call.

•The council voted to make Allen May the temporary Sanitation Department foreman. May will be filling in for Gary Smothers, who Hart said suffered a light stroke.

“So y’all keep Gary in your minds and in your prayers,” Hart said.

•Carbon Hill Industrial Development Board Member Ronnie O’Rear announced that a time has been set for the IDB’s I-22 Trade Day, a type of yard sale event.

Trade Day will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Old Carbon Hill Junior High School. Space can be rented for $15.

City leaders will also open the Carbon Hill Splash Pad during the event. For more information about Trade Day, contact O’Rear at 205-522-8672.

•Council member Jacque Allred announced that the Carbon Hill Pool will have Car Load Night from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 13. The entry fee will be $10 per car load.

•Hart announced that the qualifying period for local offices will run from July 3-17. Anyone interested in running for local office can stop by City Hall for a registration packet.