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Gulf Shores citizens petition city to start its own school syste – FOX10 News | WALA

July 27, 2017

A Gulf Shores citizens group is pushing the city to consider establishing its own school system.  Supporters filled the council chambers Monday night, July 24, 2017 when a petition with more than 200 signatures was presented in support of the effort.

The Island Education Task Force is a newly formed group of citizens concerned with the direction its schools are headed under county control.  They not only showed up in force Monday night to deliver their message, but brought a big check with to get the ball rolling.

via Gulf Shores citizens petition city to start its own school syste – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin lawmakers endorse tax deal that will head off massive layoffs, school says | AL.com

May 24, 2017

Baldwin County’s state lawmakers endorsed a sales tax deal brokered in January that has been credited for thwarting massive layoffs and school closures this year.

The Baldwin delegation last week approved HB495, which rearranges the appropriation of a 1984 sales tax to give the Baldwin County Commission more money for road and bridge projects.

via Baldwin lawmakers endorse tax deal that will head off massive layoffs, school says | AL.com.

Proposed penny sales tax changes could affect Baldwin Co. schools | WPMI

April 18, 2017

BALADWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Baldwin County is still awaiting a decision from state legislators over proposed changes to the local penny sales tax.

Officials say if it passes, a bill would reallocate funds meant for the school system and put it toward much needed roads and infrastructure in the county.

via Proposed penny sales tax changes could affect Baldwin Co. schools | WPMI.

State could start taxing Netflix, Spotify and other streaming services | AL.com

March 22, 2017

Netflix users, your binge-watching habit could soon get a little more expensive. The Alabama Department of Revenue has proposed an amendment that would apply the state’s rental tax to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and others. The rental tax is 4 percent on all sales. There’s a hearing for the amendment April 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Montgomery.

via State could start taxing Netflix, Spotify and other streaming services | AL.com.

Trip Pittman talks about taxes | Baldwin Times

March 21, 2017

During a Baldwin County Young Republicans meeting earlier this week, State Senator Trip Pittman took time to address questions and concerns on two pressing tax issues on the minds of Baldwin County residents: a potential local gas tax and the state of the penny sales tax recently permanently extended by the Baldwin County Commission.

Pittman said the local gas tax would be a 3 percent tax that wouldn’t necessarily have to be enacted immediately.

via Trip Pittman talks about taxes | Baldwin Times.

Weather Preparedness Products are Tax Free this Weekend

February 25, 2017

You may not know it, but it’s a severe weather tax-free weekend in Alabama. Items that are used to prepare for hurricanes or tornadoes will be tax-free today through Sunday.

This includes items like batteries, tape, bungee cords, tarps, coolers and plywood. Many hardware stores and even sporting goods stores that carry camping gear will have tax free items. Each item must be less than 60 dollars to get it tax free. Generators are the only exception to that price cap.

via Weather Preparedness Products are Tax Free this Weekend.

Stock up on emergency supplies during tax-free weekend in Alabama | AL.com

February 24, 2017

Retailers across Alabama are stocking their shelves with emergency supplies as the state’s main severe weather season draws near.

To help residents save money on essentials for their homes and businesses, several cities and counties will waive sales and use tax on eligible items from 12:01 a.m. Feb. 24 until midnight Feb. 26.

via Stock up on emergency supplies during tax-free weekend in Alabama | AL.com.

Developer advocates using sales tax for beach improvements

February 23, 2017

The developer of Portofino Island Resorts on Pensacola Beach advocates using Escambia County’s Local Option Sales Tax to fund roundabouts, pedestrian tunnels and other changes intended to improve traffic flow at the beach.

Developer Robert Rinke said spending a portion of the one-cent sales tax, which generates about $40 million a year, on beach infrastructure would improve the quality of life for everyone who spends time at the beach.

via Developer advocates using sales tax for beach improvements.

Enabling legislation would allow for Baldwin County gas tax hike | WPMI

February 23, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A Baldwin County state senator is pushing for enabling legislation that would allow for up to a three cent gas tax hike in his home county.

It’s something plenty of gas stations owners are not happy about and they’re being vocal about it by displaying signs and flyers in opposition to Senate Bill 79.

via Enabling legislation would allow for Baldwin County gas tax hike | WPMI.

Daphne City School System – Is it a dead issue? | WPMI

February 22, 2017

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — Estimates to conduct a study to see if a city school system is viable have come back way over budget.

The city had set aside $35,000 and it looks like the study will cost almost double that amount. The council wants to find out if there are other consulting firms that will do it for less.

The big question is, is it worth is to spend $35,000 more to find out if Daphne can afford a city school system?

via Daphne City School System – Is it a dead issue? | WPMI.

Alabama sees surge in tax collections from online sales | AL.com

January 26, 2017

Alabama is experiencing a surge in tax collections on Internet sales under an initiative launched in 2015.

Eighty-five retailers with no stores or physical presence in Alabama have signed up for the Simplified Sellers Use Tax program. Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee said the number is growing each week.

The program got a big boost when Amazon came on board in November.

via Alabama sees surge in tax collections from online sales | AL.com.

Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA

January 17, 2017

On January 3, 2017, the Baldwin County Commission unanimously approved a permanent extension of a penny sales tax to help fund schools.  Since then, it’s taken some heat for not letting voters decide.

With a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Commission gave the School Board some relief…relief in the way of 40 million dollars in annual funding.  Baldwin County residents voted in the penny tax in 2010 and then renewed it in 2013 to help fund education.  That tax was set to expire again in May of 2018.  Commissioners said they made that decision now to keep the minds of our educators off of politics and on the students.

via Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA

January 17, 2017

On January 3, 2017, the Baldwin County Commission unanimously approved a permanent extension of a penny sales tax to help fund schools.  Since then, it’s taken some heat for not letting voters decide.

With a unanimous 4-0 vote, the Commission gave the School Board some relief…relief in the way of 40 million dollars in annual funding.  Baldwin County residents voted in the penny tax in 2010 and then renewed it in 2013 to help fund education.  That tax was set to expire again in May of 2018.  Commissioners said they made that decision now to keep the minds of our educators off of politics and on the students.

via Baldwin County residents split on Commission’s decision to make – FOX10 News | WALA.

Why Alabama’s fastest growing school would be ‘absolutely crippled’ without penny sales tax | AL.com

January 16, 2017

Failure to permanently extend a one-cent increase in Baldwin’s County sales tax would have “absolutely crippled” one of Alabama’s fastest-growing school systems, forcing it shutter campuses, lay off hundreds of workers and vastly increase classroom sizes.

via Why Alabama’s fastest growing school would be ‘absolutely crippled’ without penny sales tax | AL.com.

Foley council expands temporary tax to continue ‘forward’ growth | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

December 30, 2016

The Foley City Council expects the Forward City to continue to grow as in the past with its decision Monday, Dec. 19, to increase a temporary, additional one percent sales and use tax on certain transactions and activities in the city.

The council would like to increase the sales tax in certain categories for a specified period of time for the purpose of re-funding reserves used over the past few years on projects and infrastructure in the city.

via Foley council expands temporary tax to continue ‘forward’ growth | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Gulf Shores suspends tax discounts | The Islander

December 20, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL — The city council voted on Dec. 12 to suspend a sales and lodging tax discount for businesses in the city.

“Currently we allow a 2 percent discount on both sales and lodging taxes if they are remitted timely,” Financial Director Cindy King said. “This proposal is to not allow that discount anymore.”

Orange Beach suspended the discounts in November of 2015. King said other cities in the area stopped discounts on lodging taxes and Mobile and Orange Beach do not give discounts on sales taxes any longer.

via Gulf Shores suspends tax discounts | The Islander.

Baldwin Co. Commission to put $35 million towards road projects – FOX10 News | WALA

November 18, 2016

Drivers in some parts of Baldwin County will be seeing a lot more road construction in upcoming months.  Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Baldwin County Commission approved a plan to contribute more than $35 million dollars towards road improvements over the next several years.

via Baldwin Co. Commission to put $35 million towards road projects – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Amazon shoppers in Alabama: Your bill is going up by 8 percent on Nov. 1 | AL.com

October 27, 2016

If you have your eye on a new TV or getting a head start on your Christmas shopping, you only have a few days before your Amazon bill goes up.

Starting Nov. 1, Amazon will start collecting and remitting sales tax in Alabama. As part of Alabama’s Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Program – an effort to streamline the collection of sales taxes from online retailers located outside the state– the tax rate is set at a flat 8 percent.

via Amazon shoppers in Alabama: Your bill is going up by 8 percent on Nov. 1 | AL.com.

Coastal Alabama beach clean-up program comes with a high costs, but no new taxes – for now | AL.com

October 20, 2016

Two summers ago, Alabama’s beaches were often a mess outside the condominiums and hotels where vacationers flocked for surf, sun and fun.

Beach umbrellas and chairs lay scattered and abandoned. Litter trashed the sugar white sands that were the glimmering lifeblood for tourism-dependent Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

via Coastal Alabama beach clean-up program comes with a high costs, but no new taxes – for now | AL.com.

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