Vot­ers will de­cide the fate of the 1% sales tax

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Chero­kee County Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

In their Dec. 14 meet­ing, Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion­ers voted three to one to let the vot­ers de­cide the fate of the County’s One-Cent Sales Tax.

Com­mis­sion­ers Randy Jones, Kim­ball Parker, and Bubba Teague voted to place the Lo­cal School Tax County Wide One-Cent Sales Tax Ref­er­en­dum on the vot­ers’ bal­lots in March 2016. Com­mis­sioner Mar­cie Foster voted against the in­clu­sion of the ref­er­en­dum on the ballot.

The word­ing of the ref­er­en­dum on the ballot was care­fully cho­sen to make sure all vot­ers un­der­stood the im­pact of their vote. The ref­er­en­dum on the ballot will read as fol­lows:

-Ap­prove the One Cent Sales Tax Ballot Ini­tia­tive to be voted on by the cit­i­zens of Chero­kee County as fol­lows: Pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tions 40-12-4 through 40-12-7, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended, to place

the con­tin­u­a­tion of the one-cent sales tax for ed­u­ca­tion to a vote of the peo­ple of Chero­kee County. This ref­er­en­dum shall ap­pear on the ballot of the March 1, 2016 pri­mary

elec­tion as fol­lows: LO­CAL SCHOOL TAX

COUNTY WIDE ONE-CENT SALES TAXREFERENDUM Are you in fa­vor of ex­tend­ing the one­cent sales tax passed by the Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion Ordinance Num­ber 2011-1 forth ben­e­fit of the Chero­kee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in per­pe­tu­ity (per­ma­nently)?

FOR TAX­A­TION AGAINST TAX­A­TION “We want to make sure the lan­guage is as easy as pos­si­ble to understand, and that is why I added that ‘ per­ma­nently’”, Chero­kee County Pro­bate Judge and Com­mis­sion Chair­man Kirk Day said.

The Com­mis­sion made sev­eral an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ing Boards.

Coun­cilmem­ber Bess Yar­brough of Cen­tre has earned the pres­ti­gious pro­fes­sional des­ig­na­tion of Cer­ti­fied Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fi­cial (CMO) Emer­i­tus, a highly re­garded honor awarded to of­fi­cials who have ex­celled the re­quire­ments of the Ba­sic and Ad­vanced CMO Pro­grams.

To achieve this third level of the Alabama League of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ CMO train­ing pro­gram, a mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial must earn the des­ig­na­tion of Cer­ti­fied Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fi­cial by com­plet­ing 40 train­ing cred­itho­rus con­ducted or en­dorsed by the League fol­lowed by an ad­di­tional 40 train­ing hours to re­ceive an ad­vanced cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. At­tain­ing CMO Emer­i­tus en­tails a min­i­mum of 120 credit hours of Con­tin­u­ing CMO Ed­u­ca­tion plus 15 points. Points can be earned by serv­ing on and at­tend­ing meet­ings for a League Pol­icy Com­mit­tee; at­tend­ing the League’s An­nual Con­ven­tion, Mu­nic­i­pal Leg­isla­tive Ad­vo­cacy Ses­sion and the Mu­nic­i­pal Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute; and by at­tend­ing the Congress of Cities and the Con­gres­sional City Con­fer­ence for Na­tional League of Cities.

Coun­cilmem­ber Yar­brough is a mem­ber of the in­au­gu­ral grad­u­at­ing class of the CMO Emer­i­tus level and was rec­og­nized for her ac­com­plish­ments dur­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies held in Mont­gomery on Dec. 9. 2015.

The cer­ti­fied train­ing pro­gram for elected mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials was cre­ated in 1994 by the Alabama League of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, un­der the di­rec­tion of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, to pro­vide a spe­cific curriculum cy­cle for mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials. Un­til that time, no for­mal train­ing had been of­fered for elected of­fi­cials. The Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee in­sti­tuted a se­ri­oes of one-day con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams de­signed for may­ors and coun­cilmem­bers who vol­un­tar­ily wished to re­ceive for­mal train­ing in mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment. In 1998, the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee ap­proved a se­ri­oes of train­ing cour­ses to be ap­plied to­ward ad­vanced cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and the CMO Emer­i­tus des­ig­na­tion was ap­proved in 2015.

YAR­BROUGH EARNS EMER­I­TUS DES­IG­NA­TION. Coun­cilmem­ber Bess Yar­brough of Cen­tre has earned the pres­ti­gious pro­fes­sional des­ig­na­tion of Cer­ti­fied Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fi­cial (CMO) Emer­i­tus, a highly re­garded honor awarded to of­fi­cials who have ex­celled the re­quire­ments of the Ba­sic and Ad­vanced CMO Pro­grams.

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