ALEX CITY, AL. (WSFA) - It was at the Alex City School Board where Superintendent Lou Ann Wagoner stumbled upon what may be a solution for her strained school budget.
It's called a 'use' tax. In most counties, use taxes and sales taxes are the same rate, but in Tallapoosa County, the sales tax is 1%, and the use tax is one-tenth of 1%.
"I think everyone wants to know if it impacts them, and it won't unless you are a business person who purchases a great deal outside the state," Wagoner said.
Based on the current sales figures, Wagoner says increasing the use tax to one percent could create $266,000 for the Alex City School System, $232,000 for the Tallapoosa County School System, and $41,000 for Tallassee City Schools. The grand total - more than a half million dollars.
"We feel like it would more fair to our local venders than our out of state vendors," Wagoner explained.
Assistant Tallapoosa County School Superintendent John Wilcox says Wagoner has his full support.
The additional money could fund up to 5 teacher's salaries. Teacher units administrators in Tallapoosa County will more than likely be forced to cut due to proration.
Wilcox agrees, "There's no doubt that has to be on the table for proration and budget projections."
While most Tallapoosa County Commissioners were hesitant to discuss the use tax increase on camera, Wagoner says they appeared to be receptive to her plan during at the last commission meeting.
It's an unexpected idea, creating a buzz inside and outside Tallapoosa County's school system.