By Sarah Wibell
Rutledge’s city council met on January 14 and approved a referendum regarding a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales and Use Tax (TSPLOST). This new tax would increase the county’s current sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent and be restricted to transportation-related projects.
According to County Manager Adam Mestres, the proposed increase is projected to bring in $18 million for the county over a five-year period. Part of those monies would be paid monthly to each city, divvied up based on population. Therefore, Rutledge would receive 4.3 percent, which totals $770K over five years. The council unanimously voted in favor of the motion made by Councilmember Tony Sells to approve adding TSPLOST to the ballot on the condition that the population percentages provided are correct.
A series of Town Hall meetings will be held by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce to provide information to interested citizens.
The Rutledge meeting will be held January 24 at Rutledge City Hall, 105 Newborn Road (former Bank of Madison) from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The special election will be held March 19, 2019.
Also during the meeting, Mayor Bruce Altznauer shared that the Woodmen of the World, a fraternal benefit society, offered to donate a flag and flagpole for the new City Hall.