MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -Residents in Madison will be digging a little deeper into their pockets starting this fall.
The Madison City Council passed a half cent sales tax increase Monday night by a vote of 5-2. Supporters of the tax call it a victory for motorists on many of Madison’s congested and overclogged roadways. The current rate of 3 percent will jump to 3.5 percent on October 1. City leaders said it will generate millions of additional revenue for a capital improvement project that aims to widen and repair several main thoroughfares in town.
“Clearly the main benefit is roads,” said Madison Mayor Troy Trulock, who called the vote a step forward for his city. “Our citizens have been saying we need to improve our roads, businesses want to improve our roads. They said when you put the infrastructure in place, we’ll move in to the city of Madison. That’s just a benefit to all of us.”
D.J. Klein and Gerald Clark are the two council members who voted against the sales tax increase. Officials said the average household will pay an additional ten to twelve dollars per month in sales tax expenditures.
The sales tax is estimated to generate about $14 million dollars of the additional
$34 million or so that the Madison city government needs to implement its capital improvement plan.