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Future Of Sales Tax Hike Uncertain

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Mobile, AL - City employees from firefighters to bookkeepers stand to gain if a raise is part of Mayor Stimpson's 2014-2015 budget--while opinions vary--almost all employees are camera shy.  I made one employee scream when she turned around and I was holding a camera in front of her.  She did talk to me later on in this story though so I think we’re okay now.  I asked the mayor if the penny sales tax would have to be renewed to pay for it.

It's way too early to determine that it's going to take some study so I don't know at this time,” says Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.  City officials have a bit of timing on their side, they don't necessarily have to worry about the penny sales tax going away, it runs through July 31st 2015, meaning that money is going to be in place for 10 out of 12 months of the next fiscal year when the mayor wants to start raises

“But you just have to figure out what your priorities are on how the money's going to be spent and so we've got to put a priority on figuring out how to give a pay raise and that means you sacrifice something else but that's what you do,” says Stimpson.  Mobile's mayor cancelled raises this year calling them unaffordable.  That's still being hashed out in court.  Some city employees say why wait.

“It'll be something we need, however, it would be great if we could get it now,” says Zoning Technician Tiffany Green. 

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