Wiregrass Newsroom: Dothan commissioners consider city's own stimulus plan

Dothan, AL (WSFA) --Imagine saving money every time you go to the grocery store.

Dothan resident Lakeisha Vickers likes the idea.  She says it would be good for her family.

"I'm a single parent with three kids and that would help me out a lot," she says.

But city commissioners wonder if eliminating the city's sales tax on groceries as part of a proposed economic stimulus plan would be a good move.

While the idea of eliminating sales tax on groceries may seem like it could stimulate spending, there's still one question...would it hurt or help the city in the end?

It's something leaders are weighing carefully because sales tax revenues are already down more than four percent this year compared to last.

"If the budget is reduced by "x" dollars to accommodate any movement, any reduction in any tax or fee, then there has to be a corresponding cut somewhere in that budget to deal with the loss of revenue," says City Manager, Michael West.

One commissioner believes it would pay off.

"Think about all the families out in the outlying communities who are going to flock to Dothan to buy their groceries. If you had the choice of going and buying your groceries anywhere else, or coming to the only city that does not have a grocery sales tax, where would you go?" says District 6 commissioner, Keith Seagle.

But Lakeisha says eliminating the tax doesn't change her buying habits.

"That doesn't mean I'm going to go and buy more groceries, because you're really just saving pennies."

They're pennies city leaders wonder if they can sacrifice.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney