Cullman County Commission meets and agrees to share online sales tax revenue with schools

— Cullman County 4-H Shotgun Team (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. The Cullman County Commission met Tuesday night at the Cullman County Courthouse with a packed agenda to consider.

Resolution 2022-37: Revenue Sharing Agreement for Simplified Vendor Use Tax was unanimously approved despite concerns expressed by Place 2 Commissioner Garry Marchman during the previous business session.

The sales tax, which has been in place since 2019, will be officially split, with the commission receiving 70% and the schools receiving 30%.

Marchman said, “I feel like there was pressure to change that before moving to a five-man commission, and I don’t like that. I don’t think that’s a good way to do business.

He continued: “Another thing is how the money is going to be used? Why does the education system ask for money? Is it going to be used for classrooms, teachers raise their salaries? Will it be used for sports and college programs? You know, I have no problem putting up with any of this or anything else. I think it has to. There are simply too many unanswered questions.

Noting that this is an established fee already in place, Cullman County School Board Superintendent Shane Barnette addressed the commission and said, “I appreciate the partnership. The sales tax, when first introduced, was intended to support county school boards and systems throughout the state. I think this just clarifies the online sales tax division as it continues to grow. I think it is good to make it clear to the people of Cullman County that this is not a new tax. It’s just a matter of clarifying and setting up a sharing agreement. As we all know, in Cullman County we have a lot of old buildings. Our intention is to use it for capital projects in the future. We have a lot of projects going on at the moment and we hope to continue to modernize our buildings. »

After the meeting, Barnette said, “We appreciate the Cullman County Commission’s agreement to share a percentage of the vendors’ simplified use tax with our students. The sales tax collected has always been used to support the county commission and the school system. This agreement simply clarifies the portion of sales tax that is collected on online purchases. Our portion of these funds will be used for capital improvements throughout our district. »

In other cases, the commission recognized the Cullman County 4-H shotgun team for their state championship victory. Celebrating the retirements were Mary Frances Brock, who retired from the probate office after 16 years of service, and Joe Perry, who served 11 years at the county garage before his recent retirement.

In other cases, the following were approved:

  • Resolution 2022-44 to approve the Cullman County Road 68 Economic Development Project Amendment and authorize the President to sign all related documents
  • Resolution 2022-45 to change the speed limit to 25 mph on County Road 226
  • Resolution 2022-46 to change the speed limit to 15 mph on County Road 1208
  • Resolution 2022-47 to change the speed limit to 35 mph on County Road 1598
  • Resolution 2022-48 to change the speed limit to 30 mph on County Road 1866
  • Resolution 2022-49 to enter into a contract with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood for engineering services for Cullman Regional Airport and authorize the President to execute all related documents
  • Resolution 2022-50 to enact Law 2022-229 (Retirees and beneficiaries of the local unit receiving a one-time lump sum payment at Board expense of $116,126)
  • Renewal of Annette Parker’s term on the HRD Board of Directors for a 6-year term ending May 15, 2028
  • Appointment of Caleb Elrod to the DHR Board of Directors for a 6-year term expiring May 15, 2028
  • Homeland Security Grant Application 2022
  • Updated Travel Policy Handbook setting maximum room rate at highest rate
  • Contract for the Airport Development Plan (ALP) for the FY2022 project
  • Stone’s All Fired Up food truck will use the South Courthouse parking lot on May 20, 2022
  • Surplus and auction of nine vehicles and equipment

The next working session of the commission will take place on Thursday 23 June 2022 at 4.00 p.m. in the commission meeting room and the commission meeting will follow at 6.00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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