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Will Mobile Alabama Join Sales Tax Holiday?


Mobile, Alabama council is starting to move toward approving participation in the state severe weather sales tax holiday.

Originally, Mayor Sam Jones “…withheld his support, saying he wanted to study the potential impact on the city’s finances before he endorsed the idea.”

However, he found that trying to determine an accurate estimate of the fiscal impact is difficult. “Only certain products, such as batteries and window coverings would be exempt from sales tax, according to the state law that created the program.”

With that in mind, Jones expressed that, “There would be no positive impact to us, but it would be positive for residents,” and agreed he felt the city should participate.

Only one area concerns council members and the mayor—at less than $60 a unit for plywood, there is concern that “…contractors might take advantage of the program to stock up on the common building supply.”

The City Council must approve participation by June 19.

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Susan McLain
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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.”