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Proposed Sales Tax Revenue List Unveiled

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

It's been met with opposition, but the one percent sales tax increase that will take effect in January is something Dothan officials hope to make a better circle city, and even though Mayor Thomas released his findings Tuesday for how the money generated from the sales tax will be issued, that can change.

It was a packed room at Tuesday's Dothan City Commission meeting. One by one Dothan city Mayor Pat Thomas presented what $12 million generated annually for reinvestment in the community really means, especially if it comes from a one percent sales tax increase.

"Remember, we've had nothing set aside every year. This will assure we have a systematic plan so we can address our needs as they come up," said Mayor Thomas.

To address those needs, for starters, Mayor Pat Thomas has proposed at least $3 million go into a bigger better water supply until 2009.

Following closely behind is a more attractive Dothan city school system, and next a high-tech, up-to-date city communications system, a renovated animal shelter, and constant maintenance on city parks.

"It will allow us hopefully to retain businesses," said District 5 Commissioner Taylor Barbaree

But one business owner says retaining a business will be costly for the consumer

"I disagree with it. They ask for half a cent on Coca-Cola, Pepsi, things like that. We can't up the machines half a cent, so it's going to have to go up ten times, meaning starting January 1st we'll have to up our vending machines a nickel," said Thad McCullough

And even though some of the money has been proposed for District 1, Commissioner Larry Matthews says there's a much bigger picture

"I thought it was a burden on the lower to middle income," said District 1 Commissioner Larry Matthews.

This list isn't official. There will be two public hearings scheduled for November 14 and 21 at the Dothan Opera House. Both of those meetings begin at 6 o'clock in the evening.

Click here for Mayor Pat Thomas'
presentation


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