Pinson discussing first sales tax in its history

By Emily Luxen

PINSON, AL (WBRC) - For the first time in the city's five year history, Pinson city leaders are considering enacting a 2% municipal sales tax. If the 2% tax is approved, residents would pay a total of 8% after including county and state sales tax.

Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders says the increase, combined with the current taxes would bring in $1 million a year to the city, and that could go to a variety of projects that would make the city bigger and better.

Those projects include building a new public library, hiring two new Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies to patrol the city, building new parks and helping schools. "We understand no one wants to pay any more taxes than they need to," said Mayor Sanders, "but, when we shop and do business and go to parks in neighboring cities we pay it there. So, if we want those things here, we have to turn the money back into this community."

Pinson residents have mixed opinions on the idea.

"If we need the money, we need the money," said Pinson resident Chris Srofe. "Nobody wants to pay more taxes, not right now. But if the schools need it, we need it."

"I don't think that's a good idea," said Pinson resident Rodney Mewbourne,

"Everybody is taxed to death as it is, and we can't afford to pay any more."

Pinson City Councilors will discuss the sales tax ordinance at their meeting on April 1.

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