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City charges up-front tax to visiting vendors

Published 12:17pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The city council unanimously approved a new ordinance Monday to make slight changes to the taxation of itinerant vendors.

“It’s really not much of a change,” said Ward Sellers, license inspector for the City of Alexander City. “We’re just requiring a bond or cash deposit out of itinerant vendors that come through and sell things. We have companies that come here and sell meat out of the back of their trucks or somebody that sets up on the side of the road selling things, and we never see any sales tax out of them.”

Sellers explained that before the ordinance was passed, he couldn’t require those vendors to pay the tax until it was due.

“If you have a sale in the month of February, the tax isn’t due until March 20,” Sellers said. “A lot of these guys are long gone by the following month. This is one way to make sure we get our tax.”

Sellers said instating the ordinance was “something that we needed to do.”

“A lot of other cities have similar ordinances,” he said.

The council also:

- authorized Mayor Charles Shaw to execute an amendment to the current contract with engineering firm CH2M Hill in an amount not to exceed $119,500, with the budgeted amount for the project being $300,000. These funds will fund the firm’s professional services for the planning, design, bidding and construction of a new chlorine dioxide generation system and chemical storage system for Alexander City’s water treatment system. The new system, recommended by CH2M Hill, will use chlorine dioxide to treat the water and cut down on the water’s disinfectant byproducts.

- awarded a bid to Crawford Grading and Pipeline of Luthersville, Ga., for the relocation of a sanitary sewer force main located on Sunny Level Cut Off

- amended the 2012-2013 capital budget by $5,100 to purchase a copy machine for the Parks and Recreation Department

- amended the 2012-2013 capital budget by $50,000. Finance Director Steve Hays said in the 2011-2012 capital budget, the city allotted the amount for a new fuel service truck for the Street Department and later discovered a new fuel truck would cost $85,000. An extra $35,000 was budgeted in the current year, but the original budgeted amount was “overlooked and failed to be carried over,” according to the resolution. The resolution also authorized the purchasing agent to issue invitations to bid on said vehicle.

- awarded the bid for police uniforms to McCain Uniforms of Birmingham

- awarded the bid for a new/unused track dozer to Thompson Tractor of Opelika in an amount not to exceed $359,606

Following the meeting, the council heard from J.D. Cowart, a representative of the Alexander City Sports Foundation, about what the foundation has accomplished since its beginning in 2011.