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Clay council continues to discuss how new property tax should be spent

The Clay City Council on September 2, 2014. Source: WBRC video The Clay City Council on September 2, 2014. Source: WBRC video
CLAY, AL (WBRC) -

The Clay City Council met on Tuesday to discuss how the money generated by a new property tax should be spent.

The 5 mil tax was originally proposed as a source of revenue for road maintenance. But by the end of the council meeting on August 19, councilors said that money would go to help pay the school system or public safety.

Currently, Clay doesn't have its own school system or police department. This new tax, which is estimated to generate $600,000 per year, would not be enough to create either.

"If it don't go for the school systems then it would go in for another deputy or two and then hopefully some of that money might could go towards some roads," Mayor Charles Webster said on Tuesday.

Now, there is discussion about whether that money should go into the general fund instead. That could go toward the city's debt or road work.

That's a move resident Deanna Hunt would rather see.

"I think that there are other things that need to be done in our city to build it up and make it stronger," she said.

In the end, Webster said however the new revenue is spent, it will be done in the best interest of the city.

"The way I look at it if we do the right thing and we budget the money the people don't really care as much if they know where the money's being spent," he said.

Webster said the city still has a year to make a decision as to how to spend the money.

He said a feasibility study will most likely be done before this issue is brought up again in a few months.

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