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No opposition to Trinity tax hike, but vote delayed

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

TRINITY — Only three people spoke Monday at the Trinity Town Council's public hearing on raising the sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent, with the penny hike earmarked for road maintenance.

No one spoke against the increase, but former councilman Gilbert Vazquez wondered if it could negatively impact new business.

"I'm not objecting to (the increase), but we have the Dollar General Store on the way, and more businesses coming in might make up (the penny)," he said.

When Don Olson asked if the council was considering the widening of any roads, Mayor Vaughn Goodwin mentioned two, Mountain Home Road, where two subdivisions are being built. and Old Alabama 24, where officials are also anticipating heavier traffic because of more students at West Morgan Elementary School.

And resident Gordon Burden agreed with the council's decision to earmark the hike for road maintenance.

Goodwin said that based on where Trinity's budget is today, the increase would bring in an additional $100,000 per year.

But rather than suspend the rules and vote on the measure as expected, the mayor delayed action until the July 23 meeting.

"I want to be certain everyone knows what our intentions are," he said, "and that no one has a better idea. But I believe this is the fairest way to get the funds we need. We've been getting by on 7 percent, so we'll have the extra money with the increase. We'll see how it works."

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