Mobile Alabama In Hot Debate Re: Sales Tax Increase
- Mar 30, 2012 | Susan McLain
UPDATE: 5/15/2012. The Mobile City Council voted down the 1-cent sales tax proposal.
Mobile, Alabama City Council is once again considering a 1-cent sales tax increase that was voted down in 2010. From “…strong opposition to the budget cuts that would likely accompany a smaller, fractional increase,” to a proposal of a 1-cent sales tax increase to “…the nascent possibility for compromise,” the City Council had much to discuss.
The one sure thing is that no one is saying they will or won’t vote for any particular option. There are strong feelings against raising the sales tax, and yet a recognition that a compromise might be the best answer.
Concern was expressed that “…no council member has stepped up to identify cuts they would make,” which reduced the willingness to agree to a sales tax increase. For the most part, council members feel there definitely needs to be a mix of budget cuts and modifications, but the proposal to increase the sales tax “…was largely ignored as budget negotiations, which were often rancorous and yielded little progress, dragged on.”