Error in Sumiton tax ordinance corrected


SUMITON - When Judy Glover, Sumiton's city clerk, filed the sales tax ordinance passed during the last regular session on June 4, she learned that the document had errors.

The sales tax collection vendor and the Alabama Department of Finance recommended the previous ordinance be rescinded since it had not gone into effect and adopt a new corrected ordnance.

On Tuesday, the council rescinded the old ordnance and took steps to approve a new ordinance at the meeting.

Glover explained that the change requires a 60-day notice for taxpayers and for the Department of Revenue so the tax increases will not go into effect until Sept. 1, to be collected in October. This measure increases the city’s portion of the sales tax from 3.5 percent to 4 percent and will bump the total sales tax collected in Sumiton from 9.5 percent to 10 percent.  

The amount of the tax increase is not affected by the previously agreed upon change. 

In other action from Tuesday's meeting, the council:

• Heard a request from Roger Williamson from the city’s parks department to purchase a used lawnmower to cut the grass on the football field. Williamson got quotes for both new and used mowers. The used mower has a 90-day warranty and costs $23,690. The price of the new mower is $37,200. The used mower has been rebuilt with new components, and Williamson thinks it’s the best option for the city. The small utility vehicle they use in the park department is also worn out and needs replacing. A new utility vehicle is $10,000. The council approved a motion to pursue the purchase of the used lawnmower and the new utility vehicle for $33,690. The city will go through the process of purchasing the equipment.

• Heard an update from Curtis Batson from Walker County Positive Maturity. Batson attended the May 21 council meeting and proposed that his organization partner with the city’s senior center and enter into a memorandum of understanding. It’s basically an agreement that would allow the organization to reach out to seniors in East Walker County and provide them with opportunities to volunteer and engage in other beneficial activities. The organization offers a wide range of programs and services to seniors. 

Ellis had no problem with the agreement, but he wanted to verify a scheduling question. Batson said that all the organization’s activities would take place during normal operating hours for the community center.