Temporary sales tax boost approved in Mobile, Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile's city council has approved a temporary increase in the city's sales tax, effective June 1.

The council approved the increase by a 5-2 vote on Tuesday.

It's effective through September of 2011.

City officials project that the extra penny per dollar will bring in $35 million.

The general sales tax inside the city will rise to 10 percent.

The tax in restaurants, which was already 10 percent, will remain the same.

The mayor's office says the increase should cover a projected
shortfall in the city's budget.

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