For the past 4 years the city of Mobile has had financial problems with meeting the payroll and obligations to its employees and to the citizens of Mobile.
On May 4, 2010 Mayor Sam Jones and the Mobile City Council approved a 1 cent sales tax by a vote of 5 for and 2 against to approve the 1 cent sales tax.
The 1 cent sales tax was voted on to fill a $30 million hole in the budget according to this article http://blog.al.com/press-register-commentary/2012/09/your_turn_mobile_city_council.html posted online by al.com.
On Wednesday October 10, 2012 the Mobile Press Register published this article that reads” Mobile finally balances budget at $256.2 million”.
Now on March 24, 2014, four months after the election of Mayor Sandy Stimpson the city of Mobile has found out that the so called balanced budget is not balanced.
According to this article
http://www.wkrg.com/story/25016007/mobiles-mayor-talks-budget-with-news-5-this-morning posted on Wednesday March 19, 2014 by wkrg.com , a $13 million dollar shortfall has been found in the city budget that the prior Mayor Sam Jones proposed tax increase would solve the city’s budget shortfall.
So the question taxpayers should be asking is, what has happen between May 4, 2010 when a 1 cent sales tax was approved and March 24, 2014, and how is our tax paying dollars being spent that has caused the city of mobile to be experiencing financial woes again.
According to local news sources in Mobile Alabama all city departments will have to get a cut in overtime, manpower, and resources.
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