Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface

BAY MINETTE, AL- If you bought something in Baldwin County over the past six years, one penny on every dollar you’ve spent at the register has gone to public education.

The county’s one-percent school sales tax, which generates about 40 million in annual revenue, will expire in 2018.

School superintendent Eddie Tyler says teacher layoffs and cuts to extracurricular activities, special programs and services are all possibilities if the penny tax sunsets.

The Baldwin County Legislative Delegation has the authority to extend the tax, but Rep. Steven McMillan tells News 5 lawmakers will probably let voters decide through a special referendum

School officials say the penny tax has helped pay the salaries of more than 500 teachers and keep them on the payroll.

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