County officials break down tax cost to average family

Posted 7/22/17

By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

Members of the Walker County Commission said the average family spending $1,000 a month would have to pay $10 a month extra if the new 1-cent sales tax is …

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County officials break down tax cost to average family

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By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

Members of the Walker County Commission said the average family spending $1,000 a month would have to pay $10 a month extra if the new 1-cent sales tax is passed — although they also said families would save $10 a year on each vehicle as the car tag tax would be eliminated, too.

One mayor said a two-car family at the same spending level would pay only 27 cents extra a day for the tax.

Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert asked for a breakdown per family, assuming the average family spends $1,000 a month at the grocery store or retail stores. District 4 Steven Aderholt said it would cost $120 a year.

“That’s what I’m getting at,” Gilbert said. “That hurts some people, but $120 a year divided over 12 months, (is) $10 a month.”

However, Jerry Bishop, the chairman of the commission, noted if a family has three cars, they would also save $30 a year, or $10 a vehicle, from the car tag fee that would be eliminated in the same Aug. 15 vote.

Stephens said, “I hate taxes, but it is not that much money.”

Aderholt said the county is generating $15.8 million a year for the 2 cents the county has dedicated for education. Davis said historical trends over the past five to 10 years were looked at to determine the $7 million figure for the proposed tax.

“Hopefully, it will be more,” he said, which would generate more for the cities and the county for road and bridge needs.

“The key to this is we wanted to make sure as a commission that every dollar was accounted for,” using earmarking, as well as having the money to repair roads and bridges. Major storms or floods destroying a bridge alone would bankrupt the county, he said.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall said a two-car family could subtract $20 to get $100 and then divide by 12 months to get $8.33 a month, or 27 cents a day.