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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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