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Board of Ed learns tax collections coming in as expected, to first go toward one-month reserve

By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Pickens County Board of Education last Wednesday morning got an update on the collection of the new one-cent sales tax and affirmed their commitment to use the first proceeds from that tax to go toward reaching the state-mandated one-month operating reserve.
Meeting at the Aliceville Elementary School/Aliceville Middle School Media Center as part of their annual visit to one campus in each town each year, the Board got the update from Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman, substituting for Chief School Financial Officer Jennifer Shirley, who could not attend.
Chapman said after he and Mrs. Shirley were able to clear up a problem with the first month’s collection of the new tax (not all of the proceeds were coming to the Board of Education), the report they received in January for the December 2014 collections indicated that the sales tax revenue was double what it had been before the new one-cent sales was passed.
Chapman again thanked the voters for approving the 30-year one-cent tax and those who worked hard to support it. He said he will institute what the Board of Education asked him to do if it passed--use the proceeds to first meet state law which requires all school systems to have a one-month operating fund in reserve.
Chapman said he and Mrs. Shirley went to Montgomery on Feb. 3 and learned that Pickens County and 21 other school systems do not have enough in a one-month reserve to satisfy the state. Pickens County still needs $654,853 to meet their required one-month reserve.
However, since the tax has passed, he and Mrs. Shirley presented their plan to build up this reserve by using the proceeds of the new sales tax. Chapman said they will hear back from the state in May, and he expected the State Board of Education to okay the plan.
Board Vice Chairman Michael Hinton, who presided in the absence of Board Chairman Nick Tolstick, said he had noticed some businesses are not yet charging two cents on their cash registers. Chapman said the entity that collects sales tax in the county is aware of this, and a couple of national chains were alerted. It was noted that any business that does not charge the two cents still has to pay the full tax to the tax collector.
Meanwhile, Chapman said it looked like business in the county in December was good, and any time Pickens Countians shop at home, it helps the local economy and the schools. He encouraged everyone to shop at home.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be held at Gordo High School on March 25 at 9 a.m.


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