Fairhope residents argue for and against 2-cent sales tax

About three dozen residents told the mayor and council members Monday how they felt about a proposed 2-cent municipal sales tax to be levied in the city and surrounding police jurisdiction. All but 10 or so of them opposed the new tax.

“In these times, we all have to cut expenses. The city needs to cut expenses by about $17 million and not raise taxes,” said Jim Ketchum, owner of Andree’s Wine, Cheese & Things, an upscale gift shop and delicatessen downtown. A majority of the speakers made similar comments about the city’s duty to drastically cut expenses, and fire employees if necessary.

Because of county and state levies, businesses in Fairhope already charge 6 percent sales tax.

The council will consider passing the tax during its next regular council meeting, at 6 p.m. April 13, city officials said.

Fairhope residents argue for and against 2-cent sales tax