Voters will decide the fate of the 1% sales tax
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.