Alexander City City Council Considers Tax Increase for Roads


By Brittany Bivins

The Alexander City Council is on a mission to pave all 144 miles of city roads that need it. To do that, it must come up with extra revenue. Now the council is considering a one percent increase in sales tax to fix that.

Tony Goss is on the City Council and says the roads are the number one complaint of his constituents. 
"The residents of this city are so upset that they can't push a baby stroller down the road, they can't walk their dogs, children can't even ride a skateboard anymore on these streets."
Tony Goss is on the City Council and says the roads are the number one complaint of his constituents," he said.
"It wears your tires out and has an affect in you. We walk dogs and it's hard to walk dogs of the tar and gravel," said Donna McNair, who lives in Alex City.
Over time, the city couldn't afford to pave every road, so it used a cheaper substitute made of tar and gravel. Over time, that's broken down and residents say it causes damage to their vehicles. Goss says he is concerned that could keep potential residents and businesses away from the city.
The percent increase in tax would raise the city's sales tax from 8.5 percent to 9.5 percent. That would bring about $2.3 million to the city. The average resident would pay about $140 a year. Not all of them think it's worth it.
"It will be a financial hardship to a lot of people, especially single moms and people who are already struggling," said Tyrnodia Heard.
The tax will expire in about 8 years. At that time, the City Council will have the option to renew it if the roads are not all paved by then. They hope to finish all the work within 12 years.
The City Council needs 4 of its 6 members to vote in favor of the tax for it to pass.
A vote is set for the council meeting next Tuesday.

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