The Tallapoosa County Commission will likely take up the fate of the 1-cent sales tax passed nearly four years ago at a meeting in August.
“The commission will be asking for a list of school board approved projects in writing,” Tallapoosa County administrator Blake Beck said following Monday’s commission meeting. “The commission will likely take the issue up on the sales tax at its August meeting.”
Letters will be sent to the city and county school boards to officially make the request.
The 1-cent sales tax was passed by the Tallapoosa County Commission four years ago to help the Tallapoosa County Board of Education collect the funds needed to meet the state mandate of one-month’s operating reserve. It was the first increase in local funding for Tallapoosa County Schools since a 1-cent sales tax passed by the commission in the 1980s.
The Tallapoosa County Commission tabled a rescission of the tax last fall asking the school boards to present plans to the commission for how they would use the funding. Alexander City Schools superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford said the majority of Alexander City’s wish list surrounds a new high school. Tallapoosa County Schools’ wish list has projects across the system’s five campuses with much of the funding needed going toward a renovated elementary school in Reeltown. Tallapoosa County Schools superintendent Joe Windle said projects were needed at Reeltown High School, Dadeville elementary and high schools and Horseshoe Bend School.
The commission also recognized Elder Abuse Day by approving a proclamation declaring June 15 as Elder Abuse Day. Tallapoosa County Department of Human Resources director Brenda Floyd said the recognition is needed to make sure the elderly are not taken advantage of.
“In some cases, elderly and disabled adults are dependent on relatives and others for their care and at times they are isolated,” Floyd said. “We must be the voice to bring awareness and hopefully reduce abuse, neglect and exploitation of this precious population.
“Community partners can help by reporting suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation and by assisting DHR with arranging services to protect those individuals who cannot protect themselves. Our community partners are essential to assisting DHR in providing for the safety of the elderly population as well as disabled adults.”
Floyd said more than 10,000 reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults occurred statewide in fiscal year 2018 with about 100 of those cases being in Tallapoosa County.
In other action the Tallapoosa County Commission:
• Awarded a bid for the construction of a fishing pier on Lake Martin near Piney Woods.
“Commissioner Steve Robinson is taking care of this through his discretionary funds,” Beck said.
• Approved an application by the Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency for a grant through the Department of Homeland Security.
• Approved a lounge retail liquor Class II package license for a business in the Walnut Hill community.
• Approved warrants and purchase orders.
• Approved a letter of concurrence for the Area Wide Community Transportation System (ACTS).
• Approved an application for a grant for the community corrections program.
• Was reminded the courthouse will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
The next meeting of the Tallapoosa County Commission is 9 a.m. Monday, July 8.