Voters Reject Alma Sales Tax Proposal

Alma voters rejected the renewal of a one-cent sales tax Tuesday that would have funded several local projects.

“I voted yes today,” said Alma voter Matthew Haught. “With the money that’s going to be raised for the sales tax it’s going to help the downtown. It’s going to help our fire department.”

The vote failed 121 to 104, according to election officials.

“I voted against it,” said Alma voter Ty Peters. “It’s just a little unclear what they were actually talking about.”

The failed vote ends a one-cent sales tax that has been extended by voters several times since its inception in 1998. Alma Police Chief Russell White said the sales tax had initially been set for a specific project. This time, the funding would have been used for everything from economic development to improving the safety of Alma citizens.

“Beautification of downtown, some road projects, fire truck and fire station renewal,” said White. “The original tax was for trucks in 1998. Those trucks are now 16 years old.”

9 comments

  • Elamax00

    The “makers” are taxed too much already to fund the lifestyles of the “takers.” Another tax, really? Enough is enough.

    • Tim

      What an idiot, this tax was on both the makers and the takers. The tax proceeds didn’t go to fund anything for the so called “takers” that you are speaking of. While I was going to college I would qualify as one of the takers you speak of, it offends me when people blindly think that anyone who receives any assistance they automatically are worthless losers. I now have graduated and can afford to pay my fair share of taxes for people in need of some help, and I am happy to do so. Remember if the wealthy would pay their fair share ie, better wages and not trying to find every tax loop hole they can. So your comment ” takers” is offensive in every way. And think about this, statistic say that in order for Republican tax benefits to be affective, a person would have to make at least $100,000 a year. I guarantee you or 98% of Alma don’t make that!

  • Kevin

    Maybe we can finally get sales tax down to a reasonable amount. How about starting fund raisers and donations for projects? Why does everything need to be funded with a tax?

  • Really Alma

    It’s not “Another Tax” it was a renewal of an existing tax. Where do you think that money is going to come from now?

  • txkreddog

    The money could come from a properly managed, and accountable, budged. Radical idea, but it might work.

  • atc8824

    Well if we pass the Crawford County Jail Tax then Alma’s taxes are still going up just like VB.I like how we haven’t even approved the jail tax and they are already hiring designers.I guess this means if tax isn’t passed they are gonna burden the homeowners with extra property tax or extra taxes on our homes.If they raise my home taxes I might not be able to pay them seeing as how I pay $1000 a year already.If every homeowner pays what I do a year in taxes then where is all this money going?

  • KH

    Ty Peters, why the heck did you even vote without researching?! I wonder how many salaries will have to be cut becasue of this? I also hope that those who voted against never have a house fire because without working equipment your house may be a total loss!

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