Proposed Tax Increase for Daleville

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Residents in one Wiregrass community may soon begin pinching their pennies with a proposed sales tax increase.

The city of Daleville may soon be tacking on another cent sales tax.

Customers here at the diner in Daleville may have more on the chopping block than just their typical lunch.

Daleville Resident Stephen Drown said, "Certainly any tax increase I'm not really for but is depends on what it's going for that makes all the difference."

Drown is the manager at the diner and says he is torn between the tax increase that has been proposed by some city officials.

The city is in the process of trying to raise the sales tax from eight percent to nine percent.

Daleville Mayor Wess Etheridge said, "We've been talking about it probably close to a year now, Dothan started talking about it and Ozark did theirs and there was some conversation probably six or eight months when it got a little more serious about the sales tax."

Mayor Etheridge says the one-cent increase would generate more than $300,000 dollars each year.

He says half of the money would go towards increasing city employees' salaries and the other half to fund Daleville City Schools.

However, Mayor Etheridge says he's not entirely for the increase.

Mayor Etheridge said, "I don't think we need it right now but we need to close out '07 our fiscal year '07 and see where we stand."

Mayor Etheridge says he believes the tax is not necessary at the time and needs more reason to give half of all the tax to the schools.

However, some parents say they don't mind paying extra for the sake of their children's education.

Kristie Little said, "I have children that attend school and the more that goes to education the better."

For residents in Daleville they say whatever decision is made, they just hope it is beneficial to all parts of the community.

Mayor Etheridge says he doesn't have a projected date on when the vote for the tax increase will take place.

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