Posts Tagged ‘1% sales tax


Mayor and Council “Just Don’t Get It”.

As our City Councilmembers prepare for Tuesday’s vote on the 1 cent sales tax, we are extremely concerned that our esteemed elected officials still “don’t get it”.  In our recent poll, while not scientific, we have 100% of those who voted say that the Citizens of Mobile should be able to vote on any tax or fee increase.  Scientific or not, 100% is still 100%.

Let us be perfectly clear.  No New Taxes.  No New User Fees.  No New User Surcharges.  No New Property Taxes.  Taxes on Internet Purchases…your kidding…right?  What’s next… a tax on blooms on every Azalea bush in the City of Mobile?   Maybe a tax on every MoonPie thrown from a float during Mardi Gras?  Or how about an “Advertising Tax” on every ad run by any advertizing medium.  This would include newspapers, television, radio, 3rd class junk mail, and advertising/public relations firms.

The City, State and Federal Government must learn to live within their budget.  Every family has to adjust their income in tough times, so should the government.  Raising taxes is easy.  Making tough decisions on living within your budget takes courage and leadership.  The Taxpayers of Mobile should not be penalized for the mistakes made by poor management from our elected officials.  It’s time for everyone who voted for the past budget to take responsibility for their poor decision…not the taxpayer.

So, while we applaud those who have taken a “stand for” the Taxpayers of Mobile, we will also be watching carefully those who take a stand “against” the Taxpayers of Mobile.  Vote against your constituency and you will pay the consequences at the election poll.  In other words, in three years, there will be no uncontested incumbents.

Call your local councilmember and State Senator and tell them it is time for a complete State audit of the City of Mobile.


Mayor Sam Jones on the Hot Seat…again

Well, no surprise that Mayor Sam Jones is still feeling the sting of the recent defeat of the 1 cent sales tax handed to him last Thursday morning at the hands of the Mobile City Council. Acting more like a bully on the school yard play ground than a mayor, we feel he is now planning to take revenge on those who opposed his plan for tax increases on the citizens of Mobile.

In our opinion his treat to lay-off and cut salaries was never the real plan, his primary purpose was to use the cuts as a way to push his “tax and spend” lifestyle of city government. The cuts were only a scare tactic that has now; seemingly put him in a grave political dilemma. The last thing the mayor needs to be saddled with is providing less protection to his constituents by furloughing policeman and firefighters. And, in today’s economy the last thing the voters and taxpayers will tolerate would be more taxes. Can you say Tea Party?

In the next few weeks, we will have a great view of the political landscape for the next few years. We will either see the same old way of doing business, by raising revenue in the form of property taxes, increasing garbage fees, cutting city employee’s salaries or furloughing essential personnel, like policeman and firefighters. Or, we will see genuine leadership tackling this tough situation with new ideas and making tough decisions that will put our city back on track.

In our opinion, it is time for the Mayor and City Council to think outside the box. We are aware of several ideas that have been presented to the Council and several of them have a lot of merit. Councilmember Gina Gregory had it right when she said the city needs to become more efficient. The City of Mobile needs to reevaluate every department and account for every dollar.

Our first act would be to call for a “complete audit” and find out where the money is going…and went. This would include every discretionary fund currently on the books. Once the audits are completed, they should be made available to the public and a hearing held to answer questions on the results. Remember, it is the elected officials that answer to the people…not the other way around.

In our opinion, we should do two things. First, let’s start running the City of Mobile like a business instead of a political quagmire. Second, get back to basics. Spend our money only on projects that will give us a return on our investment. To rephrase the old saying from Harry Truman, “The Buck Stop Here”, the city’s new motto should be, “The Buck Stops”.

Tom Peters, one of the most insightful authors on business, once said, “Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past.” Who is going to emerge as the “Winner” from our City Council? We know who we think it will be.

Stay tuned.


10% Cut in City Employees Salary

I have received a 100% thumbs up from those who read the last post on the City Council and their attempt at pirating away an additional 1% sales tax from the citizens of the City of Mobile.  Thanks for your continued support.

After the recent announcement the City of Mobile was planning on cutting 10% out of every employees pay check, there was an outcry that had one veteran employee calling for Mayor Sam Jones resignation. The mayor should have realized that just merely talking about a 10% wage cut would have its toll on employee moral.

Because of this announced cut, it would appear that some city employees are showing their displeasure in the job they perform for the general public.  In the picture below, you will see how a recent Friday trash pick-up went for one of our supporters.  In the picture, you can see where the bucket made a stab at removing the trash.  Trash pick-up has always been efficient in this area, but this type of lackluster workmanship had never happened prior to the mayor’s proposal.

Trash Pickup

Trash Pickup

It would appear the city worker who was responsible for this particular Friday pick-up was able to scoop up about 90% of the trash.  I guess he figures that the Mayor and City Council will come by and pick up the other 10% that is still laying beside the street.


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