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Mobile Alabama In Hot Debate Re: Sales Tax Increase


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.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”