The Spanish Fort City Council unanimously approved the Alabama city’s first-ever gas tax on August 15. The one cent-per-gallon tax will take effect on November 1 and is anticipated to generate $45,000 annually in new revenue. The funds will go towards city services such as road and drainage projects, new police vehicles, and recreation services and amenities.
City Attorney David Connor noted that several other cities in the county already have a local gas tax, and that it does not greatly affect the price of gas at the pump. “Many of the cities in the county charge one cent per gallon. There are other cities that charge up to 3 cents a gallon and it appears that the amount that’s charged for gas has no relation to the taxes that are being charged. For example, in any given day Daphne’s gas just south of the interstate will be cheaper than the gas on the north side of the interstate and they already have a one-cent tax. Bay Minette has a 3-cent-per-gallon tax and their gas is considerably cheaper up there. So it doesn’t appear that levying of the tax has that much fluctuation.”
Mayor Pro-tem Mary Brabner spoke in favor of the measure. “The funds generated from the gas tax will go back into the budget. We have to give back to our city, and we must find somewhere to find that money to do so… There are increased requests for extra city-provided services and operations, such as parks and recreation. We have to stay ahead of these costs.”