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Hartselle Enquirer

Falkville to adjust taxes on gas, diesel

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Falkville’s mayor and council agreed to consider raising taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel purchases at their next regular meeting on Aug. 1 after discussing the matter in a work session on July  25.

The consensus was to add a penny to the tax collected on the sale of both a gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel. The current rates are one and two cents, respectively.

“If approved, the new rates would be in line with those charged by other cities and towns in North Alabama” said Mayor Ken Winkles. “Additional revenue is badly needed to upgrade our infrastructure.”

Falkville’s fuel taxes were compared with other municipalities at a previous work session. It was pointed out that current rates have been in effect for 10 years.

The council moved ahead in seeking a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant by scoring two requests for qualifying documents from engineers, with assistance provided by Christina Argo, planner for the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG).

Goodwin, Mills & Cawood was selected to provide engineering assistance on the project, which includes street lighting and sidewalks in the central business district.

Argo informed the council she will offer a resolution consider approval of the grant application at the Aug. 1 meeting.

Other agenda items cleared for consideration at the next council meeting are listed as follows:

•Resolution to approve employee travel request form

•Resolution to approve commencement of the Culver Road loop water line capital improvement project at a cost of approximately $25,000

•Resolution to approve as surplus property two old police department shotguns

•Ordinance 2017-09 – authorizing the police chief to dispose of unclaimed and contraband items seized in the course of criminal investigations

•Approval of $50 for police officer William Riley to attend a PSI advance accident investigations course at UNA on Aug. 22

•Approved of $350 for Capt. Aaron Burgess to attend a FBI (SLEDS) command officer class at UNA Sept 25-29.

The promotion of police officer Aaron Burgess from sergeant to captain was announced by Police Chief Chris Free. 

Burgess has served with Falkville police for six years and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice.

“We’re very fortunate to have someone on our force with Capt. Burgess’ background and experience,” Free stated. “He is capable of stepping up and taking command of the department in my absence, and he is assuming a position of greater responsibility without an increase in salary.”

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