Increase goes in effect on Monday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 29, 2013

Today in Andalusia, a $10 purchase with tax will cost $10.80. On Monday, it will cost $10.95 after a penny-and-a-half sales tax increase goes into effect.

Beginning Monday, city sales tax in Andalusia will increase from 2 percent to 3.5 percent. The city council approved the increase in May.

The move is expected to raise an additional $3 million per year. One percent of the additional sales tax, or approximately $2 million, will first be used by the city as matching funds for grants – specifically for a more than $10 million ATRIP grant to rehabilitate South Three Notch Street.

The remaining one-half percent, or about $1 million per year, will go to the Andalusia City School System.