One-Cent Sales Tax Increase Passes in Daleville

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

A Wiregrass town may soon be feeling even more of a pinch in their wallet after a recent sales tax increase.

A 4-to-2 vote in Daleville increased the sales tax from eight to nine percent.

The recent news about the one-cent sales tax increase in Daleville made some residents cringe when they heard the news.

Especially Business Owner John Pfau, who is in the midst of opening his second restaurant. "I wish it would somewhere [else],” he said. “I wish it would stay level and [we would] not have to worry about everything going up."

The sales tax increase was passed last week. The money generated will be split in half between the city and the schools.

Daleville Mayor Wes Etheridge said, "The whole one-cent I think is like $380,000; so, you know, that's not a lot of tax money and you give half of that to the school, that doesn’t leave a lot for the city."

Mayor Etheridge voted against the increase, saying now was not the time to make a decision, and he's not the only one feeling that way.

Daleville Business Owner Mia Lee said, "I'm really not happy about this increase, but there's nothing really that we can do."

And, while many residents disagree with the increase, some say in the end, the pros outweigh the cons.

Windham Elem. Principal Christopher Mitten said, "I see it as strong schools help build a better economy and whatever we can do to help our schools [get] stronger is a positive for the community."

While residents may disagree on the increase, they're hoping for good things for the community in the future.

In Daleville, the sales tax increase is set to be implemented August 1st.


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  • by Jim Location: Rural Daleville on Jun 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    As a pensioner, I relocated to this area for its low cost of living. With the cost of living going out of sight everywhere, now is not the time to be raising taxes. Being on a fixed income, I'll shop where I can save pennies, and that now will not be Daleville.
  • by Little Guy on Jun 5, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    Most people only attend the council meeting If they have business to conduct with the city council. So the citizens put their Trust in the Wise Judgment (Or Not) of the council. Most Citizens today have very little influence over any part of government,who seem to always do what they wish to anyway. Such as, Any Increase or New Tax Imposed with out the consent(Vote) of the People. So attendance to the meeting in its self means very little as most voices are not herd without first being on the council agenda. But on the other hand everyone knows the cost of living has increased sharply and wages have Not so the Government at any level will not loose needed funds legislation will be passed to provide those funds.
  • by Ralph Chalker Location: Daleville City Council on Jun 4, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    Mayor Etheredge didn't oppose the tax increase, he opposed giving half to the school. There was NO significant opposition from the community and few attended the meetings when the issue was considered. Last year Etheredge suggested the council opt-out of a one cent tax Dale County was supposed to have been collecting but had not. Because the county had not been collecting the tax, all of which would have gone to the school, the city could now opt-out. The council unanimously voted to opt-out of that tax. The council told the Mayor that they would only support a tax increase if half went to the schools and the ordinance was prepared by the City Attorney. Then the Mayor asked to wait for a final audit for 2007. The council recieved that audit 6 weeks ago, and it showed the city to be in excellent financil condition. Based on that information the council easily passed the original ordinance giving half to the city and half to the school. No council member was contacted for response?
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