At its regular meeting, the council voted to decrease the tax on liquor sales within city limits from 10 percent to 7.5 percent. Businesses already pay the county 14 percent, meaning total liquor sales tax for Weaver businesses will now be 21.5 percent. The tax does not include beer and wine sales.
Mayor Wayne Willis said the move would have little effect on Weaver’s bottom line, but could be a huge recruiting tool for bringing in business to the city.
“That’s something I can use to entice businesses if they’re looking at coming here instead of Jacksonville or Anniston,” Willis said.
Marc Spaulding, the owner of Heroes American Bar and Grille on Alabama 21, attended the meeting to voice his support for the move. He said he’s currently paying the city roughly $200 a month just on liquor tax since being annexed into the city in August.
“That makes a big difference for me,” Spaulding said, “and it’s something I know other businesses will look at.”
The measure wasn’t fully supported by the council. Councilman Jeff Clendenning said he couldn’t vote for it because the city had already raised water and trash rates as well as sales tax for residents earlier in the year.
“How can we say now we’re going to lower tax for liquor,” Clendenning said. “They’re going to say why not lower my sales tax.”
Councilman Tim McRae, however, said for businesses like Heroes that were annexed into the city, the reduction in sales tax was still netting the city money it wasn’t previously making.
“It’s really not lowering the tax, it’s just not raising it more,” McRae said. “I’d hate to punish a business for coming into Weaver.”
The council on Tuesday also voted to change zoning for 204 Anniston St. from business to manufacturing, as a new metal roofing manufacturing facility is being built on the property. A public hearing for the zoning change will take place Dec. 3 at Weaver City Hall.
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