Category Archives: Taxes

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.

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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.

Meeting Wednesday on financing Fairhope schools. – FOX10 News | WALA

December 17, 2015

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) -

Fox Ten News is committed to following education in Baldwin County.

A special education committee appointed by the City of Fairhope  meets Wednesday afternoon talking about the next step in deciding how schools in its area will be funded.

Members are hearing a presentation from the second of two consultants that could be hired to study financing options.

via Meeting Wednesday on financing Fairhope schools. – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin lodging tax collections a cash cow for the state – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 29, 2015

County generates 30 percent of state lodging taxes

ORANGE BEACH — When county leaders, particularly those in South Baldwin, say Alabama should take better care of Baldwin because it is one of the top revenue producers, they are right on target in regard to lodging and tourism tax generation.

via Baldwin lodging tax collections a cash cow for the state – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin generous to state government – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 28, 2015

ORANGE BEACH — When county leaders, particularly those in South Baldwin, say Alabama should take better care of Baldwin because it is one of the top revenue producers, they are right on target in regard to lodging and tourism tax generation.

“I was in a meeting the other day and somebody told me 40 percent of all revenue in the state comes from Mobile and Baldwin counties,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said. “It’s the same old issue. It’s all about the votes. Money goes where the votes are. It’s that simple.”

via Baldwin generous to state government – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

What is the future of a new sales tax in Baldwin County? | AL.com

October 23, 2015

The Baldwin County Commission has legal authority to increase the local sales tax to support schools, but that appears unlikely to happen soon, if at all.

County commissioners said they’re waiting on the school board to decide what it wants to do. A special task force recommended the extra sales tax to support school construction in a report issued Tuesday night.

via What is the future of a new sales tax in Baldwin County? | AL.com.

Community task force recommends half-cent sales tax to pay for c – FOX10 News | WALA

October 22, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) - Months of work led to the 17 recommendations of the Community Advisory Task Force assembled to help the Baldwin County Public School System.

About half of those revolve around facilities and finance.

Last week, the school board discussed 19 capital improvement projects, with six projects able to be funded now with about $15.5 million in available funds.

The task force suggests they hold off on that, at least for now.

via Community task force recommends half-cent sales tax to pay for c – FOX10 News | WALA.

Locals React To Sales Tax Hike Recommendation

October 22, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL- Baldwin County voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a property tax increase to fund public education, but would they support a sales tax hike?

On Tuesday, a citizens education advisory committee recommended a new, half-cent sales tax to help fund a 150 million dollar “Pay as you Go” school construction and capital improvements program.

via Locals React To Sales Tax Hike Recommendation.

Baldwin County Community Task Force presents “out of the box” re – FOX10 News | WALA

October 21, 2015

In a long-awaited public meeting Monday night, October 20, a recently-formed community task force presented its recommendations to the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) and the Baldwin County Commission.

The Community Education Advisory Task Force was formed over the summer following a devastating loss in a special school tax referendum back in March.

via Baldwin County Community Task Force presents “out of the box” re – FOX10 News | WALA.

One-half cent sales tax recommended to pay for Baldwin schools building program | AL.com

October 21, 2015

A new one-half cent sales tax would be used to generate enough revenue to support a $152 million pay-as-you-go construction program addressing 19 projects needing “immediate” attention, a community task force recommended Tuesday for the Baldwin County School System.

via One-half cent sales tax recommended to pay for Baldwin schools building program | AL.com.

Bay Minette Drivers License Office Closed for Good?

October 01, 2015

The Supreme Court denies Governor Bentley’s request for an opinion. Last week, Bentley mailed a letter to the Supreme Court questioning whether or not lawmakers have the authority to prohibit his administration from closing offices due to budget cuts. A spokesperson for Bentley’s office said they are analyzing the situation and have no further comment. At this point, the offices will still be closed October 1st.

via Bay Minette Drivers License Office Closed for Good?.

We get less back than we give – Baldwin County pays more, gets less for roads, schools – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 18, 2015

For years, we’ve all heard the same story from officials and locals all across Baldwin County:

“It makes it hard to get roads and other projects done here when we’re a donor county for the rest of the state,” Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said at a recent meeting. “When you look at the numbers, Baldwin County doesn’t get back anywhere near what we put in to the system.”

via We get less back than we give – Baldwin County pays more, gets less for roads, schools – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

BCBE passes resolution to put failed taxes back on ballot – FOX10 News | WALA

September 18, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) voted on a number of important issues Thursday, after dealing with months of turmoil.

Following a big loss in a special school tax referendum in March, the BCBE voted unanimously to move forward with the appropriate steps to put four mills of ad valorem tax back up for a vote next year.

via BCBE passes resolution to put failed taxes back on ballot – FOX10 News | WALA.

DCNR: Cuts Could Close Parks, Affect Hunting Seasons

September 02, 2015

It’s a full court press from state departments urging the legislature to pass the governor’s proposed tax hikes. Without them they say they’re facing dire consequences for their agencies.

Last week the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency held a press conference, and this week officials with the department of correction have been hosting tours of their aging prisons.

via DCNR: Cuts Could Close Parks, Affect Hunting Seasons.

Only 1 state has lower property taxes than Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com

August 14, 2015

You can’t deny that Alabama has some beautiful beaches. Do they compare to Hawaii’s though?

Probably not.

There’s one other way that the Aloha State has the Heart of Dixie beat: property taxes.

The Tax Foundation recently compiled a map showing the effective tax rate for owner-occupied housing. The measurement provides a good comparison because it shows the average amount of residential property tax people actually pay, expressed as a percentage of home value.

via Only 1 state has lower property taxes than Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA

July 18, 2015

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against former Baldwin County School System Superintendent Robbie Owen and four Baldwin County Board of Education members.

This, after State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against them seeking a ruling that would stop county school boards from spending taxpayer money on tax referendum campaigns.

via Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

State Auditor Scales Back Lawsuit – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 20, 2015

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) State Auditor Jim Zeigler is rethinking his lawsuit against the Baldwin County School System.

He claims the board and superintendent illegally spent public funds to promote the recent tax referendum.

Late last week, the four board members named in the suit, along with Superintendent Robbie Owen got the green light from Attorney General Luther Strange to use public funds to defend themselves in the suit.

via State Auditor Scales Back Lawsuit – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com

May 15, 2015

If nothing else, the failed tax referendum in March revealed just how wide the gap had become between those who work in Baldwin schools or have children enrolled in them, and those who do not.

Six weeks ago, when voters soundly defeated 8 mills in new property taxes for building needs and 4 mills in property tax renewals, both sides seemed to be talking past each other.

via Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com.

BCBE asks AG if it’s legal to use tax dollars to fight lawsuit – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2015

Some will call it ironic – the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) is asking the Alabama Attorney General if it’s okay to spend tax payer money to fight a lawsuit in court that was filed because of the way the BCBE spent taxpayer money on a campaign.

FOX10 News | WALA

via BCBE asks AG if it’s legal to use tax dollars to fight lawsuit – FOX10 News | WALA.

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