HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Sales tax increase passes 5-0 with no Sunset Clause Thursday night at the Huntsville City Council Meeting.
The mayor says the tax benefits future road projects in the city. The sales tax increase was proposed only two weeks ago and, of course, not everyone is one board with the proposal.
Mayor Tommy Battle says it has nothing to do with growing government, and everything to do with ensuring Huntsville citizens maintain their quality of life.
“If your commute takes an hour and a half versus 30 minutes, you get back an hour of your life every day. That's part of quality of life,” said Battle.
Over the past two weeks, Mayor Tommy Battle has sought to convince citizens and even council members that a 1 percent sales tax increase would be the best way to raise the $125 million needed to match state funding for seven state road projects over the next five years.
Projections estimate the increase would bring in around $34 million in extra revenue yearly.
“What it does do is give us a revenue stream for jobs, a revenue stream for roads, and a revenue stream for capital projects," said Battle.