Improvement predicted from rise in Weaver sales tax, water and garbage rates
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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WEAVER — It’s going to get a little more expensive to live and shop in Weaver soon, but a city councilman says the slight extra cost will be worthwhile.

On Jan. 1, sales tax along with water and sanitation charges will go up in the city after the City Council approved amending the ordinances for those rates at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Sales tax for Weaver will increase by one percent, bumping up the city’s tax rates to ten percent — a move Mayor Wayne Willis called overdue. The 10 percent mark will put Weaver in line with most other municipalities in Calhoun County.

Water rates will increase by two percent, while the sanitation charges will go up $2 per household. The council estimates the hikes will give the city an additional monthly revenue of more than $11,000, with $6,000 coming from sales tax, $4,200 from sanitation and $1,330 from water.

“The city of Weaver depends on water rates,” Willis said during the meeting. “A lot of other places the money goes back into the water system. We’re unique in that our water system also brings us revenue. Without our water system, Weaver wouldn’t last six months.”

“Everything that goes on in Weaver floats on water,” he said.

Councilman Jeff Clendenning said despite the raises, he doesn’t think most residents will notice a great change in their water bills from month to month.

“If you’re paying $50 a month for water, you’ll pay $1 more,” Clendenning said. “We’re not going sky-high with this.”

Clendenning said despite amending the ordinance to add a one percent increase to the rate in both 2014 and 2015, it’s possible the council could once again revise that if the city ended up being in a better place financially in a year.

“We can always back away from that,” he said. “I wouldn’t hope for it, but it’s a possibility.”

Clendenning and Willis both assured residents in attendance that money raised would be put to good use.

“You’re going to see our efforts over the next four years,” Clendenning said. “You’re going to reap more than you’re paying, you really are.”

Willis said that increase in revenue would go so far to make Weaver a better place in less than a year’s time.

“I’ll even guarantee it,” he said. “We have a lot of things we want to accomplish, and we’re going to get them done.”

The council meets again on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Weaver City Hall.

Star Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.Councilman Jeff Clendenning said despite the raises, he doesn’t think most residents will notice a great change in their water bills from month to month.

“If you’re paying $50 a month for water, you’ll pay $1 more,” Clendenning said. “We’re not going sky-high with this.”

Clendenning said despite amending the ordinance to add a one percent increase to the rate in both 2014 and 2015, it’s possible the council could once again revise that if the city ended up being in a better place financially in a year.

“We can always back away from that,” he said. “I wouldn’t hope for it, but it’s a possibility.”

Clendenning and Willis both assured residents in attendance that money raised would be put to good use.

“You’re going to see our efforts over the next four years,” Clendenning said. “You’re going to reap more than you’re paying, you really are.”

Willis said that increase in revenue would go so far to make Weaver a better place in less than a year’s time.

“I’ll even guarantee it,” he said. “We have a lot of things we want to accomplish, and we’re going to get them done.”

The council meets again on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Weaver City Hall.

Star Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.
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