He said at the time that a 1 percent increase in the sales tax rate was not the answer. Critically, and in a departure from his previously stated, iron clad opposition to any sales tax increase, he went on to say that nothing is also not a solution.
Mayor Sam Jones financial staff has projected a worst case scenario in which the city would face a $29 million shortfall in 2013, but the council has hotly disputed that figure.
Nearly two years later, some City Council members have indicated the door is open for a possible fractional increase in the tax rate. (Press Register/Mike Kittrell)
´╗┐Door opens for possible fractional sales tax increase in Mobile
The room for maneuver is tight, however, thanks to the City Council supermajority rule. Any new tax will require the vote of five of the seven members.
is a hole, Williams said, I don think it a one penny hole. Maybe it a quarter, maybe it a half.
Mayor Sam Jones proposal to raise the city sales tax rate Adidas Kanye Ultra Boost by a full penny on every dollar seems dead on arrival, but some City Council members now say there is room to compromise, opening the door for a possible fractional increase in the tax rate.
Councilman John Williams signaled the nascent possibility for compromise during a marathon Tuesday council meeting, but it was largely ignored as budget negotiations, which were often rancorous and yielded little progress, dragged on.
Both Williams and Councilwoman Gina Gregory have confirmed that they believe there is room to negotiate on a sales tax increase, though they warned that it is still premature to count their votes as a sure thing.
Williams also said he wants a provision forbidding future cuts to public safety or sanitation without a vote of the City Council.
look at the city books in order to get a true sounding of how deep the city financial hole really will be in 2013.
it and doing it are two different things.
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Fred Richardson and Jermaine Burrell, who support a full 1 percentage point increase, have expressed strong opposition to the budget cuts that would likely accompany a smaller, fractional increase.
do not need a tax that makes a surplus and keeps us from having to make tough decisions about personnel action and other cutbacks, he said.
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He said that any tax increase needs to be accompanied by real, structural reforms.
Gregory said that she is open to an assessment by a committee of local professionals, as Councilwoman Bess Rich has suggested, or a by state auditors, as the local firefighters union has suggested. There is too much suspicion among council members and the community to ask for a tax without it, she said.
need to get them off the table so they can be used as for scare tactics the next time (Jones) says he needs more money, he said.
Jones said in interview this morning that he is open to a compromise, but only if it legitimately solves the city fiscal problems.
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