Possible fee increases for businesses in Spanish Fort

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) – The Spanish Fort City Council is considering raising annual license fees for businesses from $60 per year to $100 per year plus a $12 issuing fee. They’re also considering an additional gas license fee that would charge gas stations one cent for every gallon sold in the city.

“Spanish fort is one of the few cities left in the state that still does flat fee licenses verses gross receipts licenses and its one of the few cities in Baldwin County that still does not have a gasoline tax. Most of the cities either have a one cent to three cent gas tax,” said City Attorney, David Conner.

In Baldwin County, Spanish Fort, Elberta, Fairhope and Foley are the only cities that do not have any type of gasoline tax levy or license fee, according to Conner.

Mayor Michael McMillan said the proposed amendment would help the city with revenue. According to McMillan, Spanish Fort has around 1,500 to 1,600 total business licenses in the city, so if you do the math, the city would bring in an extra $60,000 to $64,000 each year.

McMillan said this would not make Spanish Fort any less business friendly.

“The flat fee that we have is very generous and very low compared to most cities around,” McMillan said. “Most of them are based on gross receipt sales so it’s usually a lot higher than $100 so ours will probably still be the cheapest in the county.”

The City Council will continue discussion on these proposed changes at their next scheduled meeting on September 15, 2014.

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