Ala. city's sales tax will increase to pay for new community center

Sales tax in Center Point will increase in January

Shopping in Center Point will cost you a couple cents more come January. Mayor Tom Henderson says the city council has voted to increase the city's sales tax by 2 cents, to 10 cents, all to help pay for the purchase of a former church property.

Mayor Henderson says the former Hilldale Baptist Church sits on 12 acres of land. The building and land will be used for a community center that include sports fields, a playground, a gym and more. "It also would allow us to start a library there which we've been wanting and needing for a long time."

Henderson says the city recently did a comprehensive 10 year plan in which citizens shared their thoughts on Center Point. "They've expressed in the comprehensive plan that they wanted this, wanted a library, wanted a community center.

ABC 33/40 spoke to people living near the property. No one wanted to go on camera but everyone says a community center will be a great addition to the city. But not everyone agrees with the increase in sales tax. Some say the community center should be funded another way. While others say 2 cents is worth it for the new center

Mayor Henderson says with the increased sales tax center point will now tax the same amount as other local cities like Clay, Trussville, and Tarrant. He's happy this is all moving forward, "we've been looking for a place for quite a few years to accommodate our citizens."

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