Lodging Tax to rise if Local Act is passed

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The lodging tax for Pike County may soon go up as much as four percent.

During the Pike County Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Commissioners approved the submission of Resolution 150223, a local Act that will have to be decided upon by Rep. Alan Boothe, R-AL, and Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-AL.

The Lodging Tax for Pike County is currently set at eight percent, but if Boothe and Holley choose to pass Resolution 150223 the lodging tax would be increased to 12 percent.

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Of the four prevent increase to the lodging tax, three percent will be put back into the county’s general fund, and the other one percent would be payable to the City of Brundidge. The current lodging tax of eight percent is currently equally divided between the State of Alabama and the City of Troy.

The revenue generated from the increase in the lodging tax will further assist the county providing necessary services, such as roadwork the county needs.

The Commission also approved County Engineer Russell Oliver accepting the donation of a right of way mower.

“We are happy to have received the support and that everybody donated,” Oliver said. “Every man that we needed donate donated. I’m not sure if that’s exactly happened before so that’s a really good thing.”

The Commission also approved Oliver’s request to wait until the equipment auction in Montgomery to see what money the department would be getting back from the surplus equipment the department has approval to sell.

“One thing we’re trying to wait for that auction to see what money we’re going to get from what we’re selling,” Oliver said. “From what we’ve talked about we might buy one tractor off of a state contract, but if that’s what you want us to do that, then we can get on the list for state equipment.”

Oliver said the department would be able to get on the list, but from there it would be a waiting game to see when equipment would become available.

“That’s the point when I’ll come aback to the Commission and ask for permission to purchase it because we still haven’t talked about paying for them,” Oliver said.

In other items of business, the Commission suspended the rules to go into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss the good name and character.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Tuesday, March 9 with the work session beginning at 5:15 p.m. and the regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 6 p.m.