Mobile Council Backstabs City… but now, let’s find a solution


Mobile residents should have been fuming two days ago when the City Council reversed its earlier promises and overrode Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s veto of an extension of the city’s “extra penny” sales tax through Fiscal Year 2018. (Relying on those earlier promises, I had led this site with a celebratory and forward looking piece called “Victory!!! (?) (Sales tax to be reversed!)” — note the question mark in the headline, based on past experience of Mobile Council members failing to follow through on their promises.)

We should continue to fume about the vote that seemed to back-stab our citizens — but we also should find a path forward to make the Council comfortable with an alternative to the hugely destructive policy they have inflicted on Mobile.

First, we’ll recap what happened, and then we’ll look forward — with an announcement a the end (at the risk, in journalist-talk, of burying the lead).

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