City council votes to keep Bostwick’s LOST at 0.6 percent

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By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Bostwick City Council took up a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) discussion at their meeting Oct. 16, and ended up approving Morgan County’s proposal of keeping the LOST rate as is through next year.

Mayor John Bostwick opened the meeting with an explication of LOST negotiations between Madison and Morgan County so far, and how a recent decision by the state Supreme Court made those negotiations, presided over by a judge, moot.

Bostwick suggested to the council they put forth an effort to make a decision on whether to side with the City of Madison or Morgan County in the matter.

“We don’t need to bite the hand that feeds us,” Councilman Ken Johnson said.

The council addressed Madison’s not asking Bostwick to go in with them on negotiations with the county and discussed how LOST impacts them as a city. The county’s proposal keeps the LOST rate at 0.6 percent for Bostwick through Dec. 2014.

“We just need to stay with what we’ve got,” Mayor Bostwick said.

The council voted unanimously to agree to Morgan County’s proposal that keeps the LOST rate, for Bostwick, at 0.6 percent.

The Bostwick City Council also heard from Mayor Bostwick about a proposal from county administration to put a 911 communications building behind the barn in the center of town. Bostwick said that the county wants to put the structure in Bostwick to improve communications at that end of the county.

Preparations for this year’s Cotton Gin Festival are in full swing as the annual event is set to be held on Saturday, Nov 2. Angie Howard, who heads up the festival each year, addressed the city’s tasks in getting ready: clean-up and obtaining insurance for private property to be used in the event.

The council recently heard a complaint from a Bostwick resident relating to a child under 16 years of age driving a tractor in the festival’s tractor parade. Howard reiterated that the city’s insurance prohibits anyone under the age of 16 from driving in the parade.

Finally, Howard shared that Sara Spear will be this year’s Cotton Queen.

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