With a vote of four to one, the overall sales tax is set to increase to nine percent. Wetumpka leaders say even with the increase, the city’s sale tax is still one of the lowest rates in the River Region.
“The cost of living has continued to go up, and their salaries have not,” Willis said. “So, from our police officers to our firefighters to our public works officials, our secretaries. All of them across the board we carry right now about 120 some odd employees. So that would cost us, an increase for them, we're somewhere in the four to five percent range, we're adjusting our pay scales. That's going to be about 480 thousand dollars to do that, but it's time to do it."