TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa County Commissioners said Wednesday there may be little they can do to stop sales taxes from also rising in the county when it came to a recent sales tax rise in Tuscaloosa City limits.
A state law on the books since the mid 1990′s says if sales taxes increase in the city of Tuscaloosa, they would also increase in the police jurisdiction and unincorporated Tuscaloosa County outside of the city limits.
“I don’t live in the city of Tuscaloosa, I live in the county. And it is unfair, it really is unfair,” Debbie Skelton said.
Tuscaloosa County residents who shop at the Buddy's Food Mart on Highway 69 South between Tuscaloosa and Moundville felt it's wrong for them to pay more when they and their elected representatives didn't have a say in the matter.
“Living in the city, I mean yeah, it improves stuff there. But in the county, don’t really do much of nothing for us,” Mike Hartley complained.
During Wednesday’s Tuscaloosa County Commission meeting, commissioners decided to write a letter to the state asking whether or not people shopping in the county jurisdiction can continue paying 9%, or if sales taxes would jump to 10%.
Commissioner Reginald Murray said people from his district hadn’t spoken out about the sales tax.
"I haven't had any complaints about the city raising taxes, I haven't had one. I know I haven't had one," Murray explained.
Several of the shoppers we talked to in southern Tuscaloosa County said the increase could be harder for some families to deal with.
"It's hard for working people to absorb that. And it's kind of unfair that we didn't get to have a voice in it," Skelton continued.
We reached out to Mayor Walt Maddox’s office for comment and were told he was out of town Wednesday.