PIEDMONT — Members of the Piedmont City Council Tuesday approved changes to the city’s gas tax ordinance to reflect the penny-per-gallon gas tax increase, set to take effect in October.

“The police jurisdiction’s portion will increase from .5 cents to a cent, and the city’s portion will increase from a cent to two cents,” said Mayor David Baker.

Baker said Piedmont’s previous 1-cent tax was the lowest in the region and bumping it up will put it more in line with other cities.

The tax was initially approved during the Aug. 7 meeting.

City officials note the earlier ordinance had been passed in 1979 and needed updating to reflect current city code.

The additional penny-per-gallon is expected to generate $80,000 annually and was earmarked for street paving. Baker previously noted the extra money would help because many of the city’s streets need to be repaved.

Councilman Greg South was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved refinancing a previous bond issued through Joe Jolly & Company. The refinancing will save the city close to $80,000, Baker said.
  • Approved two resolutions relating to two overgrown lots which need to be cut down at 403 5th Avenue and off of Highway 278. Baker said the city will now put a lien on the properties to ensure they cannot be sold until debts to the city for maintenance are repaid.
  • Approved an ordinance to establish stricter abatements on houses with overgrown brush and debris. The cost has increased from $25 to $100 for misdemeanor penalties. “The city of Oxford has something similar set in place,” Baker said.
  • Approved the purchase of a 2019 extended cab Chevy truck in the amount of $28,562 for the city’s electrical fleet.
  • Approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for “the transfer from ALDOT to the City for maintenance and ownership of all rights of way within the right of way limits of Memorial Drive.”
  • Approved payment of bills in the amount of $357,895.69.

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