Albertville passes sales tax increase for roads, recreation projects
$3 million more dollars on its way to Albertville
The extra money is coming via a 1% tax increase
Posted: May 02, 2017 09:50 PM CDT
Updated: May 03, 2017 11:14 AM CDT
More than three million dollars is estimated to be coming to Albertville. But there will be an additional one cent per dollar in sales tax to generate it. The city passed a resolution at Monday night's council meeting for the increase.
City officials tell WZDX News they have two projects for the increased tax money. Part of the money will go towards funding a park expansion and the other to repairing their roads.
Samantha West is a mom in Albertville. She says, "I think it's great. I think Albertville could really use it. It's only a cent, you're not going to miss it."
Gladys Contreras also lives and works in Albertville and says, "I think it's a good idea as long as it's going towards a good cause like the parks and stuff like that."
Monday night, Albertville's city council members voted four to zero in favor of the one percent sales tax increase.
Albertville Economic Development Director, Mike Price, says, "The ones that were there spoke, they had not received any negative emails, any negative phone calls, it's all been extremely positive."
The city plans to use the extra money to expand their recreation complex from the current 30 acres to 100 acres. The project is expected to cost $36 million dollars. It will add new baseball fields, multi-use fields and an amphitheater.
Moms like Samantha West are enthusiastic about the project. "Places, you know, to bring your kids with the splash pad, a nice walking trail, more opportunities for sports."
The new money will also go to paving 100 miles of roads over the next 18 months.
Price says, "65% of the roads in the city needed attention. So this will definitely put a huge dent in it. We have about 225 miles in the city so 100 miles will be a huge dent."
But Gladys Contreras says she doesn't want to see the city council waste the extra money. "I will keep a close eye on the roads and stuff to see if they're doing actually what they say they're going to do."
Any addition money that comes from it will go toward future city projects.