Warrior votes to keep controversial taxation

WARRIOR, AL (WBRC) - It appears the battle between Hayden residents and business owners and the Warrior City Council on a sales tax ordinance is far from over.

Despite a motion to rescind the ordinance at Monday's council meeting, Warrior decided to keep it for the time being, and Hayden residents aren't happy.

Warrior's city councilors voted last month to impose a 1.5% sales tax on businesses that are within 1.5 miles of the city's police jurisdiction.

However, Hayden residents say Warrior police never patrol their area, so they shouldn't have to pay for the service.

Warrior Mayor Rema Hudson said the tax was supposed to help both cities and it is unfortunate it caused such strong reactions.

"I think it will help the city. It will help Blount County," said Mayor Hudson, "It is unfortunate the boycott came up, but everybody has their own thoughts."

Hayden business owners said the vote has caused a strained relationship between the two cities, and some people will boycott Warrior businesses to prove their point.

"I would like them to reconsider," said Butch Rickels, "Think about the issue, give us time to be annexed, or incorporate that area."

The Warrior City Council said they will take up the issue again at their next meeting.