Guntersville City Council Votes to Raise Sales Tax

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GUNTERSVILLE TAX INCREASE DEBATE

The Guntersville City Council voted Monday night to increase the sales tax for the city by 1 percent.

This will raise the tax from 8 percent to 9 percent.

Many people who live in the city have been fighting for an increase in the tax in order to fund the building of a new high school and update existing schools.

Here is a statement from Guntersville Superintendent Brett Stanton, who says this is still not enough money for a new school:

“I would like to express my appreciation to the City Council for tonight’s vote in approving a 1% sales tax increase.  This is a move in a very positive direction for our schools and the entire community.  Therefore, on behalf of our students, as well as the faculty and staff, we are thankful for the financial support this decision will have on facility improvements within our school system. Unfortunately, this sales tax increase will not be enough to fund a new high school.  So, we will have to look at ad valorem tax in the future to address this need.  Again, we are grateful for this additional funding.”

The tax increase will go into effect on July 1st of this year.

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