Morgan County online sales tax controversy continues

Morgan County online sales tax controversy continues
Online sales tax revenue (Source: waff)

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The Morgan County Commission just got a big boost from online sales tax revenue, it’s the first time getting online sales tax revenue from the state since the commission was sued about how the money will be used, according to our partners at the Decatur Daily.

Chairman Ray Long said the commission received more than $ 121,000 from the Alabama Department of Revenue, this is about 10 times the size of what Morgan County received in 2016.

School officials from different Morgan County schools have argued the money should be used for educational purposes.

The Morgan County Commission decided not to distribute the online sales tax revenue despite a new law created in the last legislative session, according to the Decatur Daily.

The new law would require funds to be distributed to schools and volunteer fire departments , the commission says it’s attorney claims this is unconstitutional.

Superintendents in Morgan County say as more people shop online, sales taxes from brick and mortar stores for education will go down -- leaving schools with less money.

Both parties have agreed the online sales tax revenue will be put in a separate bank account until the issue is resolved.

For more on this story check out the Decatur Daily.

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