White Hall Town Council held a second reading of an ordinance Monday night to increase the Municipal Sales and Use Tax.
The potential increase could go from 0.5 percent to a full 1 percent. Just last month, council advised the town attorney to draft an ordinance for the increase. It takes three readings before potential passage to increase the Municipal Sales and Use Tax. An increase could potentially take place January 1, 2020.
“There is no fair tax. There is not a single tax that is fair, but I think it is spread out a half a cent. It’s not only the residents of White Hall that will be paying this tax, it’s anyone in the state, anyone in the county that comes to our municipality and does their shopping,” said John Michael, White Hall Town Council member.
Also, council heard from residents from the Deerfield Estates, some of whom would like the area to be annexed into the town. Council has advised its attorney to look into possibly annexing Route 250 in order to annex Deerfield Estates.
“A lot of area that join the current town boundaries really gets our services through mutual aid, our police and first responders there. So, it would be nice to expand our boundaries where we would get some revenue from it through property tax and fire fee that we have right now,” said Michael.
Michael said that through annexation, someday the Town of White Hall may be able to move up a class.