Sales Tax Proposed to Rebuild Tornado Damaged Schools

A possible sales tax increase in Enterprise was first introduced Tuesday night.

The proposal comes after the city school system discovered they are almost $40 million dollars short of the funding they need to build two new schools.

Enterprise Mayor Kennith Boswell said, "We're approaching on a cautious basis. We are gonna’ bring in professionals to help with decisions and come up with a good answer in the end."

One answer the school system proposes is a tax increase.

If the one-cent sales tax did become necessary, it would affect both residents and businesses like Big Lots and Rue 21 alike.

Sassy Sisters Business Owner Linda Spence said, "My heart is with the schools, but I'm concerned about what it might do to people’s pocketbooks; things are already tight economically."

Tax Payer Adkison Andrew said, "I think it's too high right now anyway."

"We pay too much for taxes already and a one-percent sales tax increase will hurt the economy and residents," said William Ayre, another Enterprise taxpayer.

City officials are in the beginning stages of coming up with a way to raise the needed funds and right now, are working in conjunction with the school system on a compromise.

Mayor Boswell added, "At this point, no one is working against one another. We're working as a team toward a common goal of building a nice facility for school children to get back into."

Some of the proposed ways to raise the revenue include downsizing the current school plans, a bond issue, or the most controversial, a tax increase.

Enterprise has a five-year plan in place, but that plan does not call for a tax increase.

However, officials say if a tax increase is the best way to raise the money, they will have no choice but to consider that option.

The tax increase will be discussed by both the school board and the city council in two weeks.

Do you favor a 1 cent sales tax increase to replace the Enterprise schools destroyed by the March 1st tornado?


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  • by Robert Location: Dothan on Nov 15, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    The estimated amount appears to be very high. As Donald Trump what he would charge to build it. He has out bid numerous contractors. I left the Contracting business because they moved funds around from different accounts, charge for products never purchased etc... Too many back door deals, have the contractor sign a good faith estimated and a daily penalty for each day the building is not built on time. Have sincere oversight by a retired builder for pro bono work. Have the kids ask for donations, wash cars, community projects. I have a bad back and would give 5.00 if a young Boy or girl student would put my groceries in my Truck for me. Parents need to work the kids, instead of buying them new cars..buy them an old car and donate the difference to the building project.
  • by Taxed to Much Location: Enterprise on Nov 15, 2007 at 05:54 AM
    It is not just the citizens of Enterprise that a new tax will effect! ALL who make any purchase will pay the tax increase. How about a city property tax? The school system needs to budget their money and provide a good basic education without all the extras that the out of town tax payers should not have to pay for. Business Leaders in Enterprise know that a tax increase of any kind will result in lower sales as shoppers will look to other areas that may even have lower prices and a better selection of goods. Looks to me like the Schools system wants "Out of Town People" to help pay for the new schools while all the time they have millions on hand to get started rebuilding with.
  • by skip Location: enterprise on Nov 15, 2007 at 04:39 AM
    If its temporary and resended when the (predetermined) amount is met then I'm all for it.
  • by RANDY TURNER Location: ELBA AL on Nov 14, 2007 at 06:37 PM
    LET THE PEOPLE IN ENTERPRISE SUPPORT THEIR SCHOOL. IT TOOK A STATE LAW TO MAKE THEM PAY THE SAME RATE ON PROPERTY TAX I AM PAYING.I DO NOT FEEL SORRY FOR THEM
  • by mary Location: dothan on Nov 14, 2007 at 05:24 PM
    no more taxes I think Enterprise has more than enough to finish the schools as is and all these sports proposals are ridiculous just give the kids and education
  • by KELLI Location: ENTERPRISE on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:41 PM
    I VOTE YES FOR THE INCREASE IN TAXES. IF THE ENTERPRISE SCHOOLS NEED HELP, THEN I FEEL THE TOWN SHOULD GET BEHIND IT, JUST AS WE DO IN THE BAND, FOOTBALL AND OTHER GAMES. WE NEED AN UPDATED SCHOOLD FOR OUR CHILDREN. YES, YES....
  • by Sami Location: Enterprise on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    NO new TAXES!! Everyone is taxed to death now.With everything going up EXCEPT our wages...who can afford more taxes? It's time the schools learn to budget better... just like we all are suppose to do.Forget all the "frills" in the schools and get back to the basics and MAKE it affordable.
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