Smiths Station proposing new property tax

Smiths Station proposing new property tax
Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 at 5:13 PM EDT
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SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) -  A new proposal in an East Alabama city may have some digging deeper into their wallets.

In Smiths Station's 17 years of being a city, this is the first time a new property tax is being proposed.

"This will be our first ever mileage tax," said Mayor Bubba Copeland.  "With less than 10 percent of our constituents that are on city sewage, most of them are on septic tanks. The other part will go to a building inspector."

The city estimates they will see more than $175,000  from a 5 mill property tax which will go into ramping up the sewage for the city. Plus, adding on a building inspector for the city so they won't have to go through Opelika for inspections of homes in the process of being built.

"We have a little over 81 new homes being built at this moment," said Copeland.

Just to give you an idea, if your home is valued at $100,000 you'll be paying $50 more a year with the proposed tax. If you own a $200,000 home, then you'll pay $100 more a year and so on.

One local says she is seeing a lot of growth and is willing to dish out extra bucks for more services.

"I think it's a good idea. I wouldn't mind paying the extra fee as long as it's benefiting us," said Smith Station resident, Amanda Strickland. "It's definitely expanding out and I think anything that's going to help us grow even bigger will benefit us."

The mayor says it will have lasting benefits that people will be able to see.

"People understand that in order to have nice things and sustain growth like we are seeing in Lee County that we need to have a mileage rate tax," said Copeland.

 Alabama law allows the city council to make the call on a tax not exceeding 5 mill. Smiths Station City Council is expected to vote on whether the tax will be implemented next Tuesday.

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