Brundidge talks sales tax holiday change

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Brundidge City Council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would set the “Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday on the third full weekend in July.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told the council members that the State Legislature has determined that the annual “Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday will be held that same weekend.

Thomas said the date was being moved due to changes in the date on which public schools begin in the fall.

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Thomas said the ordinance as read would set the date for the sales tax holiday on a permanent basis and, therefore, would not have to be updated each year.

Thomas reviewed the city’s FY 2017 February financials with the council, which showed that the city is doing well financially, especially in this slow time of year.

Thomas also compared the city utility rates with other area providers.

Based on 1000 KWH after taxes the City of Brundidge’s residential rate was $120.50 compared to Gulf Power’s $131.42 and Alabama Power’s $135.32.

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd reported that the Show-Off Car Show and Easter Egg Hunt and Family Day sponsored in partnership with the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library and the R.E. Barr Nutrition Center were a great success.

She encouraged the council to support the Brundidge Business Association’s Spring Fest arts and crafts show on May 13 and to purchase their tickets for the Cow Patty Bingo event, which is a fundraiser for the BBA.

“On April 30, at the Brundidge United Methodist Church, the Brundidge Police Department will be recognized for its service to the community,” Boyd said and encouraged the council members to attend.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport reported to the council that the decomposing body of an unidentified male discovered in a private pond off County Road 3310 on Saturday had been positively identified as that of Fred McCrary, 62, of Brundidge.

Boyd and the council expressed appreciation to Davenport and the police department for their efforts in bringing the case to a close.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.