Hearing for city sales tax increase on June 18
by Rachel Davis
Jun 05, 2013 | 1097 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council met briefly on Tuesday to discuss city business and to set up a second public hearing for the city’s proposed sales tax increase. The next hearing will be held at the next regularly scheduled council meeting at 9 a.m. on June 18.

Mayor Petey Ellis said he hopes the council would wrap up discussions of the possible tax increase within the next month and decide if they will take action.

The council first broached the subject of a possible tax increase a month ago and held a public hearing to gather input from residents. A few local business men attended the meeting to encourage the council to consider a one cent raise, rather than a two cent raise. Otherwise the last public hearing was poorly attended by the public. The council has not publically said what increase amount they are considering, but did say that a portion of the increase would be dedicated to the building of a new fire station.

Currently city businesses collect an 8 percent sales tax on any item sold in the city. Of the eight cents charged on every dollar, four cents goes to the state, two cents goes to the county and the city retains the remaining two cents. Sumiton’s last sales tax increase was in 1985.

In other business:

•Sumiton Police Department has filled its women’s firearm safety class for this weekend. The department will likely be scheduling a second class in the fall because of the overwhelming response from interested citizens.

•The city voted to reimburse volunteer firefighter Steffen Leach $650 for the cost of his EMT class, as has been department policy.

•The council voted to repair a Sumiton police cruiser that was wrecked. The repair estimate was for $2,950, and the city will be required to pay a $500 insurance deductible.