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Ellis thinks sale tax increase would benefit LaFayette


It has been a little over
one-year since LaFayette
city council members intro-
duced an idea to possibly
increase the local sales tax
by one-cent as a way to
pay for projects in the city.
On the heels of the first
phase of the new city park
opening, one city council
member has introduced an
idea that it may be time to
take a look at the sales tax
increase once again.
During last weeks
LaFayette city council
meeting, council member
Michael Ellis made mention
to fellow council members
that while attending the an-
nual conference in Mont-
gomery recently the success
of one city may yield
similar results in LaFay-
ette. While at the meeting
it was noticed the city of
Albertville located south of
Huntsville had instituted a
one-cent sales tax and used
the funds to purchase and
develop a massive 132-acre
park in that community.
The city of Albertville
approved the one-cent sales
tax increase last May. The
funds will be used to repay
bonds over a 30-year period
for the city to construct a
$36-million recreation com-
plex, park, and 90-miles of
street resurfacing in the city.
The city estimated it would
generate $3.1 million annu-
ally from the one-cent sales
tax. From those funds the
city would use $1.6 million
annual to repay bonds for
the recreation complex and
$700,000 would be used
to pay off a 10-year bond
to be used for the roadway
resurfacing projects. The re-
maining funds will be used
for infrastructure projects in
the city.
The sales tax increase in Albertville yielded a new
facility that included three
new tennis courts, five
300-foot baseball fields, re

strooms, concessions, four
smaller 225- foot baseball
fields, five multi-purpose
fields, an aquatic center, a
splash pad, an amphitheater,
a playground, a dog park,
and a walking trail.
Albertville is a com-
munity of 21,525 residents
located along U.S. Highway
431. The city park proj-
ect there was more than
132-acres. LaFayette has a
population of slightly under
3,000 residents and the park
project locally will take up
52-acres upon completion.
During the planning phase
of the city park project in
LaFayette residents asked
for many of the amenities
which are present in the
Albertville Park.
While council member
Ellis’ introduced only an
idea it is one that has been
previously looked at by
members of LaFayette city
council. The original idea of
a one-cent sales tax was met
with opposition from resi-
dents last Fall as there were
issues raised about what the
funds would be used for and
the additional tax putting a
strain on fixed incomes of
local residents.
A plan like the one used
in Albertville may land
more success this time if
the tax increase is looked
at again locally. Showing
where the dollars are going
and which projects it will
be used for was one of the
questions many residents
had during last years public
meetings. Items like the
park may take a large part
of the funds, but repairs to
aging infrastructure systems
in the city may also benefit
from the one-cent sales tax
There is no word if
council members will take
a hard look at the increase
again in the future, but the
idea has once again been in-
troduced in an open format.
As leaders look for ways
to continue to increase the
quality of life in LaFayette
the one-cent sales tax may
hold some footing. Pres-
ently LaFayette has one of
the lower tax rates in the
region and state. The one-
cent increase would put the
city in line with other area