The council had already approved a sales tax increase of 1.5 percent, the ordinance spells out the legal details and sets the effective date at Oct. 1, 2013. After Oct. 1, sales tax on all items purchased in the city of Sumiton will be charged at 9.5 percent.
The ordinance was approved unanimously by the members who were in attendance. Only council member Floyd Burton was not present at the meeting.
In other business:
•The council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Petey Ellis to enter into agreements to attempt to gain grant money to extend the city’s sewer system down Hull Road in order to facilitate the building of a new healthcare facility.
•The council heard from the Sumiton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which had 94 children participate and awarded 55 certificates this year.
•Fire Chief David Waid informed the council that the Insurance Service Organization will be in the city on Sept. 26 to reinspect the department. ISO inspections are conducted every 10 years. Waid said the city currently has the lowest rate in the county, with a four.
•Ellis said he had been approached by residents on Hall Burton Road and Rouse Road who were concerned about their high insurance rates due to the lack of a fire hydrant nearby. The city’s water and gas department, along with the fire department, will be looking at the cost and practicality of adding hydrants, including one near Red Barn Animal Clinic and The Ivy League day care.