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Birmingham City Council Looking To Rebate Your Grocery Taxes

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Monday, November 21, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

Birmingham – Buying groceries could soon become a little less expensive for Birmingham residents. Birmingham City Councilors are looking to move forward with the next steps needed to provide a sales tax rebate on groceries. A public hearing on the proposed Food Tax Rebate Program will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Crossplex. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin first introduced a food tax rebate ordinance during a special called Administration/Technology Committee Meeting that was held on August 9, 2016. After introducing the ordinance, the Council asked that the city’s legal department review the proposed ordinance and provide guidance.

“There are many families in Birmingham that could benefit from a food tax rebate program, and we are going to do all that we can to see this ordinance come to fruition,” President Austin said. “As a Council we are continuously looking at ways to provide an economic stimulus to our constituents and communities, and this ordinance is just one of the many initiatives that we hope to put in place to make Birmingham a better place to live for all of our citizens.”

The law department responded and outlined several issues with the ordinance that would prevent its passage and enactment, but failed to provide any guidance on what changes and corrections could be made so that Birmingham can be the first in the state to implement such a program.

“We have an opportunity to put in place an innovative program that would allow our seniors, disabled citizens, as well as families and individuals living in poverty the chance to receive a rebate on taxes they are spending on food,” President Austin said. “We’ve looked at how it’s being done in other states like Colorado and Mississippi, and we will continue doing our part as a Council to see that it is implemented in Birmingham as expeditiously as possible.”

To view a copy of the proposed ordinance please, CLICK HERE.

For more information please contact Brittany Sharp, Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council at (205) 721-5369.