The fate of the highly contested tax increase could be in dire straits, following a movement to petition the proposed county ordinance.
Initially slated to be on the 2020 General Election ballot next November, the Madison County fiscal court conducted their first reading of a new ordinance (19-21) on Tuesday morning. This ordinance would revoke the original proposed ordinance, effectively eliminating the tax increase.
If Ordinance 19-21 is enacted, this would reduce the proposed 19.6 cents per $100 tax rate to 8.3 cents per $100. However, the fiscal court would continue to be allowed to promote criminal justice and tax reform at the local and state levels.
Read WBON’s initial report on the anti tax increase petitions here.