Babbie plans town hall on taxes Monday

Published 2:43 am Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Babbie Town Council is encouraging its residents to attend a council meeting set for 7 p.m. this Monday, March 4, for a discussion of a proposed sales tax ordinance, which would likely be earmarked for roads.

In addition to announcing the meeting through local media, the town mailed postcards to residents.

Last month, town council members met with County Commission Chairman Greg White, Commissioner Kenneth Northey and County Engineer Lynn Ralls to discuss potential road work in the corporate limits of Babbie. Ralls said the county can work with Babbie to improve the roads if the town purchases the materials.

Mayor Chris Caldwell said the town has more than $100,000 in road and bridge funds that it can spend, and many in the community feel it should be used to make repairs now.  However, others support making an effort to get grant funding, and saving the money to use as matching funds.

A proposed 3.5 percent sales tax would generate from $40,000 to $60,000 per year, according to projections provided by Opp City Clerk Connie Smith.

Caldwell said last month he wants the issue to be handled in a way that people on both sides can still be friends.

Town hall is located on Bethel Road.