O’Mary says state gas tax could benefit Jasper

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 1/20/19

During comments at last week’s Jasper City Council meeting, Mayor David O’Mary suggested the passing of a statewide gas tax could strongly benefit the city by providing more funds for infrastructure projects.

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O’Mary says state gas tax could benefit Jasper

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During comments at last week’s Jasper City Council meeting, Mayor David O’Mary suggested the passing of a statewide gas tax could strongly benefit the city by providing more funds for infrastructure projects.

“We have serious infrastructure problems across this state,” O’Mary said, while reflecting on the inauguration speech by Gov. Kay Ivey, which he attended in Montgomery. “I know she has a keen interest in the Legislature approving a gas tax statewide.”

O’Mary told council members that he is extremely optimistic about the upcoming year in the city.

“Calendar year 2019 is underway, and I am excited about 2019. I think we have the underpinnings in place to have a tremendous year in this city,” he said. “I really believe we will have unprecedented opportunities to take this city to a higher plane.

“The harmonious relationship that we’ve enjoyed has paid big dividends,” O’Mary continued. “I look forward to our work session in a few days where we begin to talk about and prioritize projects that we can tackle with some of the money that we’ve been able to reserve through more efficient operations. I’m excited about that. It is going to mean a great deal.”The mayor added that any funds the city might receive from a gas tax would only add to the work that could be done on local infrastructure.

“Depleted condition of infrastructure is nothing new to this city as we are working on these things now,” O’Mary said. “I am really optimistic that our legislature will approve a gasoline tax. How will that be distributed? I don’t know. Will it be earmarked? I don’t know. I would imagine if that is the impedes behind passing a gasoline tax, that any monies that would come out of that would be earmarked for infrastructure.“We are very fortunate in this city that we are able to travel under our own power financially,” he added.

“If this happens, then we may very well see a nice sum of money flow to this city, not just in one year, but ongoing that will help us in tackling some of the things that we need to tackle.”O’Mary ended his statements by saying he felt funding infrastructure would be the top priority for the Alabama Legislature when its session opens in March.