Board of Ed learns tax collections coming in as expected, to first go toward
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
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
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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