first_imgIt’s an important time for tax payers across Tuscaloosa County because the the Tuscaloosa County Commission is making its decisions on how they’ll be spending those funds.The $97 million in revenue is an increase, Probate Judge and Commission Chair Hardy McCollum said. A good chunk of that increase came from ad valorem taxes.McCollum said he wants the commission to ensure the county’s obligations are funded first and foremost, including employee salaries and benefits, before funding capitol projects like repairing the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. But McCollum said it’s also about helping agencies with funding they may be losing from elsewhere.“The city (of Tuscaloosa) cut (the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority) by I don’t know, $300,000 or $400,000, 5 percent last year,” McCollum said. “And so they come to us wanting a $1.5 million increase. Now, those are the kinds of things we have to work through.”McCollum said another big chunk of their revenue increase is coming from online sales tax, which is being pushed through the state and distributed locally.last_img

Its an important time for tax payers across Tusca

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