NORTHPORT OKS 1-CENT SALES TAX INCREASE

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It’s official: Northport is following along after Tuscaloosa and implementing a 1-cent sales tax increase.

Monday, the Northport City Council approved the move, which has been in discussions for weeks, and it passed unanimously.

The 1-cent sales tax increase will generate around $5 million a year.

Northport Mayor Donna Aaron said the city isn’t just dumping the money in the general fund and calling it a day; they’ll be detailing how the money is used. Residents can count on improvements around town thanks to the tax, including new parks, improving older buildings around town and updates to the riverfront.

“Those are a lot of things on the table,” Aaron said. “There’s a lot of things that can be added or taken away from that as people see fit to do so.”

The city’s current sales tax is at 9 cents a dollar, and Monday’s increase is the first since the early 1990s. It will go into effect Oct. 1.

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