Mayor David Dabbs presented the proposed amendment to the council and said the increase should raise the town’s income by approximately $10,000 per month to help with recent shortfalls.
After Dabbs completed his presentation, Councilman Lee Garrison made a motion to adopt the amendment. Councilman Shane Turner seconded Garrison’s motion.
The motion carried after four of the five council members rendered an affirmative vote. Councilman Wade Champion elected to abstain from voting.
Garrison offered an explanation as to why the tax increase was needed.
“We’ve brought on a lot of services in the past few years with the senior center, police protection, mosquito spraying and other programs,” he said. “We’ve absorbed the cost for these services, and we’re at the point to where the tax needed to be raised.”
Garrison said raising the sales tax was a better option than cutting programs or implementing employee layoffs.
“We don’t want to put people out of work,” he said. “It’s hard enough for people as it is.”
In other business Tuesday, the council:
• Unanimously approved the Sept. 10 meeting minutes.
• Heard a request from District Attorney Steve Giddens and Talladega County Drug Task Force Officer Jason Murray for the council to continue providing financial support to the program. Dabbs said the council would take a close look at the finances to see what the town could do to assist the program at some point after the start of 2014.
• Voted 5-0 to approve the financial report given by Garrison.
• Heard a report from Deonne Clark on the Recreation Board.
• Learned that soccer programs have been going well.
• The Munford High School classes of 1983 and 1993 recently held reunions in the gym.
• The fitness center currently has 67 members.
• Appointed Dana Lipham as an events planner to help with ideas for fundraising events.
• Announced a Fall Festival will be held Nov. 9 at the walking track, with proceeds benefiting “Stuff from Santa.”
• Heard senior advisory board member Judy Moon say the senior center serves 26 congregate meals and 13 home-bound meals daily.
• Moon announced the board would like to have an old-fashioned Halloween carnival in the future and requested $500 from the council to make it happen. The council approved giving the senior board up to $500 to hold the carnival.
• Facility operations manager Ricky Haynes reported to the council that he had discovered someone had vandalized the air conditioning units at the community center. After presenting quotes from Armbrester Electric for $1,549.22 and Complete Service for $1,475.00 to make the needed repairs, the council motioned to accept the quote from Complete Service for the repairs.
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