2010 tax issues fail in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Tax issues in 2010 apparently were unpopular in Alabama during the general election, as all three tax measures were voted down by state voters. The measures made up of three-fourths of the statewide ballot, and were voted down by an average margin of 5%. The first measure, Amendment 1 would have stated that any prohibition against collections of any new taxes levied would apply only to ad valorem taxes levied under the provisions of Amendment 778, which was enacted in 2006.
Amendment 2 would have provided that special county educational taxes be levied by a majority vote, instead of three fifths vote. Finally, Amendment 4 would have settled a sales tax dispute that had plagued the city of Warrior, Alabama. During the month of December 2009, the Warrior City Council voted to pass a 1.5% sales tax increase for its police jurisdiction, a jurisdiction that extended to part of Blount County. However, residents boycotted Warrior city businesses to protest the tax. The boycott had hurt several businesses. County residents stated that the city unfairly taxed citizens, and also that residents should not have had to pay for police services when patrolling police cars were allegedly rarely seen.