Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Opposition to 1% Sales Tax in Jackson County Alabama - Stop the Grocery Tax PAC Handouts Contains Misleading and Inaccurate Information.
UPDATED - July 29, 2015 - The 1% Sales Tax vote for Jackson County Alabama will occur on Tuesday, August the 18th, 2015.
Publication of this article is for educational purposes, to inform citizens of an opposing view regarding the 1% Jackson County Sales Tax issue. Statements made by Stop the Grocery Tax PAC officials are their statements, not the opinions or political views of this blog's owner, Garry Morgan. Statements made in the handout pictured or in the below video should be fact checked for accuracy.
Inaccurate and misleading information is contained in the Stop the Grocery Tax PAC handout
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Stop the Grocery Tax PAC. Ellen O'Connor is Chairperson of the PAC. PAC leadership is listed as follows on their Face Book site - The leadership of the organization consists of:Ellen O’Connor – Chair; Trey Edwards - Treasurer; Kym Chapman; Kenneth Clemons; Allen Keller; James Stewart. Digital Media & FCPA Compliance services will be provided by Victory Social Media; Victory Social Media info - http://www.victorysocialmedia.com/#!services/c13ps. Face Book link for Stop the Grocery Tax PAC https://www.facebook.com/VoteNoJackson
There were approximately 32 people in attendance at this meeting.
The statement above is inaccurate and misleading on the card, The County Commission does not receive the $8.74 million dollars. This money is collected for the Jackson County and Scottsboro City Schools. The school funds may not be intermingled or utilized for any use other than schools. An agreement was signed and a resolution passed many years ago stating that this tax money must be utilized for the schools in Jackson County and Scottsboro. A sales tax does not mean only voters pay the tax, those who purchase goods at businesses in Jackson County pay the tax. Additionally, the $8.74 million is derived from multiple sources, not just the "2 cent" Educational County wide sales tax. Other taxes which make up the total amount of $8.74 million stated above going into the Schools Education Budget are automobile sales tax, manufacturing tax, vending machines tax, and agricultural tax, Basically the above statement contained in #4 is false.
In the above "No Tax" Fact Sheet handout, item 3, it is stated there is no accountability since the money goes into the general fund of the county commission. All county funds are audited by Alabama State Auditors, to say there is no accountability is not accurate.
WAFF-TV link http://http://www.waff.com/story/29645145/in-for-a-penny-jackson-co-tax-increase-plan-met-with-opposition
WHNT-TV link http://whnt.com/2015/07/23/residents-in-opposition-of-a-jackson-co-one-cent-sales-tax-proposal-voice-opinions-plan-to-hold-volunteer-meeting/