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Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander

August 10, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – When and if a vote comes on a Special Tax District in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern, citizens who are residents of the district will contribute 22 percent of the total collection.“

For roughly every $1 homesteaded property owners put in, investment and second home and commercial property owners put in $4,” Kevin Corcoran of the Education Advisory Task Force said.

Some of those same citizens paying the proposed 3 mills on the homes they live in will also be some of those who own other properties making up 78 percent of collections on the proposed new levy.

The average cost to homeowners in Gulf Shores would be about $70 annually and in Orange Beach the extra millage would average about $104 per years.

via Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander.

Alabama tax-free weekend: What to know for back-to-school shopping | AL.com

August 06, 2016

Alabama families will hit the stores to save money on back-to-school purchases this weekend during the state’s 11th-annual tax-free holiday.

The shopping event begins today and continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday in hundreds of participating counties and cities across the state. You can read the full list of municipalities on the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.

via Alabama tax-free weekend: What to know for back-to-school shopping | AL.com.

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in Alabama and Florida This Weekend

August 05, 2016

Alabama and Florida will hold their annual sales tax holidays beginning Friday, August 5, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, August 7, 2016, at 12 midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, software, clothing, shoes and other items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.

via Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in Alabama and Florida This Weekend.

Kennon: I want school district pact written in blood | The Islander

July 27, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Now all that’s needed is a little understanding.

As in a Memorandum of Understanding. And the understanding needs to come in a hurry. As in before Aug. 1.

But from the sounds of the discussion in the Orange Beach Council Chambers on Tuesday night an understanding might be hard to come by at all, much less before Aug. 1.

Mayor Tony Kennon’s understanding of the memorandum was that it wasn’t fair to Orange Beach and he had several issues to address in it.

“Until those are clearly defined in an MOU, essentially written in blood, I have no intentions of moving forward on anything,” Kennon said. “I think we’re being taken advantage of.”

via Kennon: I want school district pact written in blood | The Islander.

Why Daphne doesn’t plan on becoming the first Alabama city to eliminate sales taxes on groceries | AL.com

July 22, 2016

While grocery stores might be taxing shoppers too much in Alabama, the city of Daphne doesn’t plan to break any new ground when it comes to cutting it back on food taxes.

City officials said this week they will not pursue a cut to the city’s portion of the sales tax on grocery sales, which has been proposed twice in the past four years by mayoral candidate Tim Swanson.

via Why Daphne doesn’t plan on becoming the first Alabama city to eliminate sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.

Why one Alabama city is taking a renewed look at eliminating sales taxes on groceries | AL.com

July 16, 2016

An $83 bill at Publix in Daphne will produce a shopping cart full of baby formula, breakfast items and meat. But it also comes with an obligation to state and local government in the form of a $7.20 sales tax.

In Daphne, the combined sales tax rate is 9-1/2 percent on almost all purchases, including food items. Compared to other states, many of which forgo taxing food bought at grocery stores, it’s a comparatively high tax.

via Why one Alabama city is taking a renewed look at eliminating sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.

All of Alabama cashes in on beach boom as tourism records shatter | AL.com

June 05, 2016

When Rep. Steve McMillan talks with a northern Alabama lawmaker about the need for more money to build coastal roads or bridges, his plea is sometimes met with envy.

“They say, ‘Don’t tell me about it,’” McMillan, the Republican lawmaker from Gulf Shores, said. “They’ll say, ‘Every time my wife goes down there she’s spending money at the Tanger.’ It’s in a joking way, but a lot of them envy our situation.”

via All of Alabama cashes in on beach boom as tourism records shatter | AL.com.

Coastal Lawmakers: Handle BP and TVA Money the Same

May 28, 2016

Coastal lawmakers say they want to take on a sacred cow in north Alabama in order to get a fair share of the state’s BP Oil Spill Settlement.

The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, several other energy plants, and dams in the northern part of the state, providing power to 17 counties and serving 17-percent of the state’s population. TVA is a self-sustaining federal agency that makes annual payments to the State in lieu of certain taxes.

via Coastal Lawmakers: Handle BP and TVA Money the Same.

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

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.

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