Sales Tax Hike on Dauphin Island

Sales Tax Hike on Dauphin Island

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On Dauphin Island, you'll find Treasure Trove - your one stop shop for souvenirs and gifts. Lyn Wickman has been in business for 24 years and says she disagrees with the recent vote to increase the local sales tax.

"I think that that's a ridiculous thing to do. First of all the first proposal and discussion came out in July of this year when we have our very busiest month. So business owners in reality are either exhausted, or can not attend a discussion on this," said Wickman.

Last month the city voted to increase the sales tax from 8 and a half percent to 10 percent.

"We don't even know how this money is going to be spent, if it's even needed. and if it is needed, i'd like to know how they plan to use it," said Wickman.

Mayor Jeff Collier tells me the tax increase isn't going for any specific purpose, but will be put toward things like public safety, public works and keeping public amenities like boat ramps which don't require a fee open to the public. Anglers i spoke with, like Loretta Sawyer, say they don't mind the increased sales tax if it's used to keep the island clean.

"There used to be big trash cans at the end of the pier where people could put their trash in it and that's missing now. Cleaning up and around the water. There is a lot of trash in the water that people get hung up on that could be dredged out," Sawyer.

A proposed increase in lodging tax for renter's on the island was put on hold. The mayor says right now the lodging tax is 11 percent, which is standard across the Alabama gulf coast.Mayor Collier says this is the first sales tax increase the island has implemented in over 8 years.

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