MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Mayor Sam Jones turned up the heat on his argument on renewing the one-penny sales tax increase. Friday he wrote an open letter to city council members outlining why the city needs it.
A penny may not sound like much, but when an extra penny is added to each tax dollar spent, it can add up.
Mayor Sam Jones said he believes reinstating the penny, or 1% sales tax increase, could help save the city from a huge budget crisis.
In an open letter Jones wrote:
"The fact that Mobile, like cities throughout the nation, is facing a budget crisis is no secret. In many ways, our problem is compounded by the fact that we are so sales tax dependent."
Next year, Mayor Jones projects the city to be about $27 million in the red. Jones said cuts to everything from public safety to animal shelter operation would be on the table.
"The way the economy is right now, I don't know if you'd notice any difference," said Jennifer George. "It would have to be something that would, as a mother with kids in school and everything, it would have to something that would benefit that area."
Others said every penny counts especially in this economy.
To read Mayor Jones' letter, click here.
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