Jackson Co. one-cent sales tax referendum hits legislative snag

Published: Apr. 8, 2016 at 9:49 PM CDT|Updated: May. 6, 2016 at 10:36 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A referendum in November for a one-cent sales tax in Jackson County is in jeopardy.

A proposed local bill paving the way for the referendum wasn't d ropped in the legislature this week due to a technical issue, which means the county could face a serious budget crisis this fall.

Senator Steve Livingston said a blank wasn't filled in the bill. Because of something as simple as that, Livingston said the attorneys in Montgomery are saying they will have to start the process all over again.

The process has been in the works for weeks for the required advertising of the bill which will now have to be done again.

Commissioners hoped residents would approve the referendum giving the commission up to a one-cent sales tax.

A similar referendum was voted down last fall but commissioners revamped it to earmark the funds and put a six-year cap on the bill.

The county commission cut employee hours and reduced the number of days the courthouse is open to four last fall due to budget shortfalls. However, the cuts were removed after the delegation funded the commission through this September.

Senator Livingston says they're working to correct the flaw.

The referendum looks doomed for the fall unless the governor calls a special session.

A meeting between the commission and the legislative delegation has been called for April 18 to discuss the funding crisis.

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