Etowah County Mayors Hold Presser in Response to New Tax Proposal
A bill proposal introduced by Senator Andrew Jones that would allow the Etowah County Commission to levy taxes has mayors, residents, and community leaders questioning their trust with local legislators. Earlier today, several mayors within Etowah County gathered outside the Etowah County Courthouse to voice their opinions on the bill proposal.
The bill introduced that was recently introduced states that the County Commission would have the authority to impose taxes, abate nuisances, and more. City of Attalla Mayor, Larry Means says he is concerned with this proposal because the bill was not introduced to the local governing bodies first.
Mayor Means says the proposed bill would give the county commission the power to levy taxes on licenses, alcohol, along with sales and use tax. In addition to having the power to require property owners to abate nuisance, the bill also calls for imposing late fees on county or ad-valorem taxes. Mayor Terry Calhoun says he will stand with the people of Etowah County and its mayors to oppose this bill. If approved by state legislators, county commissioners would then decide whether additional power and authority is necessary.