Tax increases may solve Bessemer's financial situation

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Bessemer city officials consider tax increases to help improve the city's financial situation.

City councilors have discussed raising the sales tax by 1% to 10% and increasing the lodging tax by 3% to 17%. Mayor Kenneth Gulley said the city is currently $4 million in debt and the changes could bring an additional $4 to $5 million in revenue into the city.

"We have to look at it, and consider all of our options," said Mayor Gulley. "Anytime you talk about raising any kind of taxes, it is not popular thing."

Some Bessemer residents were split on the idea. Some say the extra money would help the city. Others say they are already taxed enough.

City councilors will revisit the issue at their next next planning session.

They are also waiting on the results of an audit to get a clearer picture of the city's financial situation.
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