Category Archives: Taxes

Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface

May 21, 2016

If you bought something in Baldwin County over the past six years, one penny on every dollar you’ve spent at the register has gone to public education.

The county’s one-percent school sales tax, which generates about 40 million in annual revenue, will expire in 2018.

School superintendent Eddie Tyler says teacher layoffs and cuts to extracurricular activities, special programs and services are all possibilities if the penny tax sunsets.

via Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface.

Baldwin schools chief warns of financial ‘Armageddon,’ tosses coins during passionate display | AL.com

May 20, 2016

Eddie Tyler held a penny in his right hand and then pushed a $4 stack of quarters onto the floor.

It was an unusual illustration by the Baldwin County School superintendent Thursday into what he feels is the district greatest long-term threat: Financial stability if a penny sales tax isn’t renewed by Legislature before it expires in 2018.

“Each dollar represents $10 million,” said Tyler before tossing the quarters to the ground during a School Board meeting attended by a large group of parents and employees.

via Baldwin schools chief warns of financial ‘Armageddon,’ tosses coins during passionate display | AL.com.

Patterson calls for special session | WPMI

May 12, 2016

Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.

Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.

He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.

via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.

Baldwin County looks to privatize Residential Wilderness Camp – FOX10 News | WALA

April 20, 2016

Baldwin County commissioners took action Tuesday, April 19, 2016 that could have a big impact on the Residential Wilderness Camp in Lottie.  The Commission hopes to turn over the operation of the facility to a private firm.

There was no discussion as all four Baldwin County commissioners voted “yes” to send out a request for proposals (RFP) as the first step in turning over their Residential Wilderness Camp to a private company.  After recent controversy over camp operations and an alleged rape of a female employee by one of the campers, the Commission feels like it’s time for a change.

via Baldwin County looks to privatize Residential Wilderness Camp – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin Task Force Looking at Money Challenges

March 26, 2016

With the passage of most but not all property tax renewals this past March, Baldwin County school leaders are optimistic they can convince people to vote for another tax renewal around the corner. The school year is put on pause for the start of spring break. Members of the community advisory task force are taking stock of where they are–despite the fact a one-mil property tax failed, they’re confident things are moving in the right direction.

via Baldwin Task Force Looking at Money Challenges.

With $34 million or more hole possible for Baldwin County schools, leaders seek solutions | AL.com

March 11, 2016

State lawmakers and Baldwin County leaders are launching discussions about how to proceed with resolving the future of a penny sales tax for schools set to expire in May 2018.

Without the tax revenue, the school system estimates that it could lose at least $34 million fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018. That revenue supports over 500 jobs, including 144 teachers, 94 clerical positions, 74 maintenance positions and 69 bus drivers.

via With $34 million or more hole possible for Baldwin County schools, leaders seek solutions | AL.com.

Economist: Baldwin County’s support for education worse than ‘third world’ countries | AL.com

March 05, 2016

According to one area economist, Baldwin County’s support for public education is worse than that of a “third world county.”

Semoon Chang, of the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies, said Wednesday he believes it is a “shame” that voters are not providing the maximum support for children in the county. His comments come after voters failed to give a 1-mill property tax renewal the required 60 percent it needed for passage. The mill is set to expire in 2018 and, without it, the school system could be losing $4 million a year.

via Economist: Baldwin County’s support for education worse than ‘third world’ countries | AL.com.

Baldwin Schools Ready to Move Forward after Renewal Vote

March 04, 2016

A normal day at school for students and teachers at Stapleton Elementary after a stressful night with school funding at risk.

“We consider it a victory in terms of the numbers that turned out in support,” says superintendent Eddie Tyler.

There were two tax renewals on the Super Tuesday Ballot. A three-mill renewal passed. The one mill, or a loss of about four million dollars, was defeated. “We’re going to step back and enjoy the fact that the public is listening and starting to embrace some of the changes and then get together and talk about how we want to move forward,” says Tyler.

via Baldwin Schools Ready to Move Forward after Renewal Vote.

Baldwin County voters approve 3 mill renewal, but 1 mill loses out | AL.com

March 02, 2016

Baldwin County voters approved renewing 3 mills of property taxes on Tuesday, but a 1-mill renewal failed to accumulate the 60 percent needed for passage.

With all but 151 provisional ballots counted, the 1 mill renewal garnered 59.68 percent, or 33,851 votes in favor to 22,873 or 40.32 percent against. The measure fell 184 votes shy of getting 60 percent.

via Baldwin County voters approve 3 mill renewal, but 1 mill loses out | AL.com.

Common Sense Tea Party reverses its position on school tax renew – FOX10 News | WALA

March 01, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The Common Sense Campaign in Baldwin County makes a last minute about-face on the school tax renewal.  The group which supported the renewal is now asking voters to say no.

The Common Sense Campaign, or Tea Party as the group is known is typically opposed to taxes. But, group leaders made it clear during last year’s referendum that while they opposed the new taxes being proposed they supported the renewals.

via Common Sense Tea Party reverses its position on school tax renew – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin Community Education Task Force Member withdraws support – FOX10 News | WALA

March 01, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Just one day before the election, a Baldwin County Community Education Task Force Member, Cody Phillips, is no longer supporting the property tax renewals that would benefit the Baldwin County Public School System.

The Education Task Force was formed last year to research all aspects of the school system, and find ways of improvement.

via Baldwin Community Education Task Force Member withdraws support – FOX10 News | WALA.

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For second time in less than a year, voters to decide fate of Baldwin County school taxes | AL.com

February 28, 2016

Supporters of renewing 4 mills of property taxes to maintain level funding for Alabama’s fastest-growing school system hope for a different outcome than last year.

On March 31, 2015, things turned sour for the Baldwin County school system when voters shot down two ballot questions totaling 4 mills of property tax renewals, and also resoundingly rejected 8 mills of new property taxes. The new mills would have raised $350 million over 10 years to pay for school construction projects.

via For second time in less than a year, voters to decide fate of Baldwin County school taxes | AL.com.

Alabama’s severe weather tax holiday underway – FOX10 News | WALA

February 26, 2016

You have a chance to stock up on severe weather supplies and save some cash.

Alabama’s severe weather tax holiday is underway.

From now through Sunday, you can get a break on weather preparedness items that cost $60 or less, like batteries, flashlights or tarps.

Also on the list are generators and power cords under $1,000.

via Alabama’s severe weather tax holiday underway – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County property tax vote to be on ballot | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

February 26, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) Voters in Baldwin County will have more than the presidential election to think about then they go to the polls Tuesday. Renewing four mills of existing property taxes will be in the ballot as well.

LOCAL 15′s James Gordon takes a look at how differently ‘yes’ and ‘no’ supporters view the tax issue on the ballot.

via Baldwin County property tax vote to be on ballot | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

FOX10 Interview: Baldwin Superintendent Eddie Tyler on tax propo – FOX10 News | WALA

February 25, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - It’s a political hot potato in Baldwin County.

On March 1, residents will decide whether to renew property taxes, totaling four mills.

They voted it down last year.

If not renewed, the school system says it stands to lose more than $100 million in matching funding.

via FOX10 Interview: Baldwin Superintendent Eddie Tyler on tax propo – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

School task force chairman pushes for tax renewals ahead of crucial Baldwin County vote | AL.com

February 25, 2016

Any building program aimed to alleviate overcrowding at the Baldwin County School System cannot move forward without voters renewing 4 mills of existing property taxes during Tuesday’s election, the chairman of a 24-member citizens advisory committee said Wednesday.

via School task force chairman pushes for tax renewals ahead of crucial Baldwin County vote | AL.com.

Fairhope, Gulf Shores take stance on Baldwin renewals as campaign heats up | AL.com

February 23, 2016

Gary Gover was hopeful that Fairhope’s City Council would speak up for a critical tax question on next Tuesday’s ballot, and he was glad to see it happen.

But Gover and others realize that the council’s resolution Monday evening is merely a formal show of support for the renewal of 4 mills of property taxes that currently pump about $16 million into the Baldwin County School System.

via Fairhope, Gulf Shores take stance on Baldwin renewals as campaign heats up | AL.com.

Commissioners talk ramifications of Baldwin County tax vote on M – FOX10 News | WALA

February 11, 2016

FOX10 News is digging deeper into a big vote coming up in Baldwin County next month.

Some have questions about what would happen if voters turn down property tax renewals that would benefit the school system, so we went looking for answers.

On March 1, the Baldwin County Public School System will ask voters to renew current property tax mils that were voted down last year.

via Commissioners talk ramifications of Baldwin County tax vote on M – FOX10 News | WALA.

Ahead of tax vote, Baldwin County turns to its teachers | AL.com

February 06, 2016

With a crucial vote on renewing taxes weeks away, Baldwin County school officials turned to a familiar ally for support: teachers.

Most of the district’s 2,220 teachers gathered in a field house at Foley High School on Friday afternoon to help galvanize community support ahead of the upcoming ballot measure.

Baldwin County voters will be asked on March 1 to approve tax renewals totaling 4 mills after the renewals were rejected last spring, a decision that could cost schools as much as $16 million a year. A mill amounts to a dollar in tax for every $10,000 of assessed property value.

via Ahead of tax vote, Baldwin County turns to its teachers | AL.com.

Baldwin Voters To Vote on Property Tax Again – WPMI – LOCAL 15

February 04, 2016

Voters in Baldwin County will be asked to say “yes” or “no” to two property tax renewals. This time around the school board is conducting a “quiet” campaign.

We’ll all be going to the polls and you may have presidential candidates in mind, but folks in Baldwin County will also be asked to vote on school taxes again! “We’ve got to have these renewals we’re talking a loss in the ball park of 16 million dollars,” said School Board President Shannon Cauley.

via Baldwin Voters To Vote on Property Tax Again – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

BCBE not campaigning this year for tax renewal referendum – FOX10 News | WALA

February 02, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The fate of a major funding source for the Baldwin County School System will be left in the hands of voters in exactly one month from now, but the Board of Education isn’t campaigning for a “yes” vote.

This time last year, you probably saw signs that said “Build Baldwin Now” across the county.

via BCBE not campaigning this year for tax renewal referendum – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Quiet Push to Restore Baldwin School Taxes

January 30, 2016

School advocates are asking voters to restore property taxes that were thrown out when voters also rejected new property tax hikes for new school construction.

“We find tremendous value, our teachers, the gem of this system are working overtime to give us great kids we just need to give them better resources and better facilities to do it,” said the Chairman of the Baldwin School Community Task Force Kevin Corcoran. In the wake of the failure of the Build Baldwin Now campaign, a new school advisory task force has been studying school needs and suggested raising the sales tax rate by half a cent to start a pay as you go school construction program.

via Quiet Push to Restore Baldwin School Taxes.

Special lodging tax district funds stellar marketing effort – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 27, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — It was back in the early days when the fledging marketing efforts for Alabama beaches were struggling to find an aim, a direction. And, more importantly, funding. “We were trying to market this whole place on budget of $300,000 which doesn’t buy you a whole lot of media,” Herb Malone said. Fast forward to 2015 when Malone announced tourism numbers for this year will likely set records for the fifth consecutive year.

via Special lodging tax district funds stellar marketing effort – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

More units collect lodging taxes on coming to Alabama’s Gulf Coast – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 26, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Baldwin County, the driving force of Alabama tourism dollars in numbers across the board is poised to make an even bigger impact in the near future.

The county, generator of nearly 30 percent of all lodging taxes collected statewide, leader in money generated by travelers and leader in tourism-related jobs, is seeing a growth spurt in lodging. Most of it is in the county’s south end.

via More units collect lodging taxes on coming to Alabama’s Gulf Coast – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Fairhope chooses firm for independent school system study – FOX10 News | WALA

December 17, 2015

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) -

Wednesday, December 16, the Fairhope Education Advisory Committee (EAC) chose Akribos as the firm it would like to see conduct a feasibility study into a possible independent school system in the city.

Last week, the committee heard from the Akribos Group about its bid for the project, and this week, the committee listened to a presentation from Evergreen Solutions LLC about its proposed plan.

via Fairhope chooses firm for independent school system study – FOX10 News | WALA.

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