The increase, which was passed by the Jasper City Council in January, will increase sales tax within the city to 9 percent. The additional revenue generated by the tax will go to finance the construction of a new high school in Jasper.
City Clerk Kathy Chambless said the increase started at 12:01 a.m. today. She said Jasper officials are concerned some businesses may not start the increase immediately.
“If businesses don’t charge the additional tax, they will end up having to pay it in April,” Chambless said. “Most of our businesses report to us monthly, and if it is a large business, that could cost them a lot — I don’t want that to happen.”
City officials have contacted area businesses over the last month.
“We’ve sent letters that went out on Feb. 1,” Chambless said. “The increase is on our website, it’s on the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website, and we even called our top 20 sales tax remitters.”
Chambless said the city would call more businesses today and several city employees would be out over the next few days to make sure the increase is being implemented.
“It’s just a real concern for us that some businesses won’t charge the increase,” she said. “We don’t want them to end up owing money down the road.”