TAXES, TOLLS AND SCHOOLS

Get ready Baldwin County it is going to get a lot more expensive to live in Baldwin County.

$90 monthly pass highlights latest toll plan for I-10 Mobile River Bridge project

$90 monthly pass highlights latest toll plan for I-10 Mobile River Bridge project

The Alabama Department of Transportation, as part of its financing package for the new I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project, is pitching a frequent user toll plan that is a $90 monthly pass.

Source: www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/07/90-monthly-pass-highlights-latest-toll-plan-for-i-10-mobile-river-bridge-project.html

The Bridge project is a marine project for the port disguised as an automobile traffic problem. The height of the bridge is what drives the price into the billions. Governor Poison Ivy and the TAX MAN, Junior Senator Elliott have marbles in their mouth. They cannot make a clear statement about the bridge because they know it is a done deal.

If the cars have to pay a toll why not the ocean going freighters that will pass under the bridge? That would bring the proposed toll down. Where is the BOAT TOLL?

New Alabama law raises gas tax to improve transportation infrastructure | Roads & Bridges

New Alabama law raises gas tax to improve transportation infrastructure | Roads & Bridges

The Rebuild Alabama Act includes plans for an indexed 10-cent fuel tax hike

Source: www.roadsbridges.com/new-alabama-law-raises-gas-tax-improve-transportation-infrastructure

The gas tax was a good ole boy deal struck on Goat Hill. Governor Poison Ivey made all the candidates running for office pledge support, or those candidates would not be supported by the Republican Party.

The Tax Man Elliott played everyone like a fiddle saying “no more taxes”, once elected he had a lapse of memory and could not recall his pre- election pledges to his constituents.

Fairhope, Spanish Fort eye September referendum on school tax (updated) – Lagniappe Mobile

Fairhope, Spanish Fort eye September referendum on school tax (updated) – Lagniappe Mobile

Agreeing to a few minor revisions last week, the Spanish Fort Town Council became the second Eastern Shore municipality within a month to send a resolution to the Baldwin County School Board to approve a special election to establish a special tax district to benefit schools within its city limits. The school board approved a …

Source: lagniappemobile.com/fairhope-spanish-fort-eye-september-referendum-on-school-tax/

Schools are starving for money and classroom space, so in addition to the 1% tax the TAX MAN passed on to us in Baldwin County, without a vote, a 3 mil tax is proposed for Fairhope and Spanish Fort. This self imposed tax will at least have the vote of the people in the form of a referendum vote.

This is just the tip of the TAX iceberg, Baldwin County is growing at such a fast rate that you can be assured more taxes are coming. Traffic is going to be a collateral tax on everyone. The more you are tied up in traffic the more it costs.

Property values may rise for awhile but sooner than later the congestion and expense will drive people away and property values will decrease.

Baldwin County is a classic example of sprawl and very little, if any, long range planning.

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Spanish Fort Oracle

Thank you, catalyst politicians, for allowing the out of control growth which lead to the taxes.
But the voters of Baldwin were the gullible ones

Richard Thompson

If adopted , will the tax be imposed outside Fairhope’s city limit, huh ?

Anonymous

The tax is supposed to be for the entire ‘feeder system’, so I assume that it is not only imposed upon Fairhope property but will encompass all property throughout Point Clear and beyond. Fairhope isn’t big enough to finance all of this alone so everyone is expected to kick in.

Anonymous

The Police jurisdiction allows for half the taxing power

David Peterson

Yes they would Richard as it is called a Special Tax District, IMO I have some doubts about how this is legal. The Fairhope City Council passed the resolution for the tax but those who live outside the corporate limits of Fairhope can not vote on the Council members. To me this seems like taxation without representation.

Candy Brotwurst

I understood that Fairhope and others must have special Legislative approval to execute jurisdiction outside corporate limits . In the past , Fairhope has , without authority , regulated outside their legal jurisdiction : Fairhope Sign Ordinance , unchallenged .

Ken Cole

All registered voters within the boundaries of the special tax district, generally defined as the boundaries of the Fairhope Schools feeder pattern, including incorporated and unincorporated property, are eligible to vote for or against the future of our 5 Fairhope schools. We all have the same vote, so equal representation is assured.

Noname

I just moved here last year. It seems like everyone else is coming.

Baldwin County is a Tax Farm

You folks in Baldwin County are rich. You guys are like a honey pot for tax revenue for the rest of us here in Alabama. When we need a new road in Blount County, your tax dollars will pay for it. If the Medicaid needs propping up, the BP money from Baldwin will fix it.
But if you guys need a new bridge, then to hell with you. Pay for it yourselves!
Yep, you folks in Baldwin County don’t keep up with what’s going on. You all are just a bunch of rich folks just needing to be taxed and governed.

Jump the Shark

How do you know when the property values will start to decrease? Three ways:
1.When they start building cheap homes (Express Homes) on the back of the fancy subdivisions (like what they are doing on the back of Belaton) then you will know they have “jumped the shark” in that area.
2. When you see DR Horton jump ship and leave like rats jump a sinking ship, then it is time to leave. But some developers will stay longer to build apartments, low income homes that will bring crime and drugs – like Express Homes. See number three below:
3. When they start building apartments to further squeeze in more people, this place has peaked.

You may thank the lying politicians who said they were christian conservatives when in fact they were lying catalyst flunkies that were put in office by DR Horton, Cox, Prebble, Haygood, and the rest of the folks that moved in here to exploit and ruin.

FHPirate72

Mr. Ripp your uncanny ability to expose absolutely nothing is one of the greatest treasures of the Eastern Shore. I do not know why I actually click and follow the link to your articles, I guess it’s the same as watching a train wreck happen. If for some reason you actually have real substantial news to report I will be your 1st subscriber. I also like how you link your past articles to current articles to drive more website views, thus increasing website traffic and revenue. Genius.

Spanish Fort Oracle

Ripp reports the news that the old legacy media won’t report. The old media has journalists that are lazy and are so afraid of being laid off that all they do is report press releases and run Shoe Station ads.
So what part of this article that exposes the fact that we here in Baldwin have been snookered by new taxes imposed upon us by politicians who LIED to us?
I think this is something that needs reporting because the old media is too busy pushing Shoe Station ads that they no longer report anything of value
I heard that Ripp gets over 12,000 clicks per week. It is because the people have no other news source and he fulfills this need. It is Friday and I cannot wait for his Friday post. I will click every 15 minutes until he posts his Friday post

Quailridge

Burrell haa two juvie charges against him.

Georgia Orwell

On the contrary, I find The Ripp Report very illuminating. There is no independent journalism in this area; we have Gulf Coast News Today aka the ‘Burrell Blog’ that publishes random opinion pieces in support of Jack Burrell’s bullying tactics while simultaneously slinging mud at the Mayor on a regular basis ( and has less credibility than Jack himself). Al.com & Lagniappe both are great and cover both sides of issues but, unfortunately, have bigger fish to fry than Fairhope. And we have TRR which dedicates its content to educating residents about the issues that the City Council prefers to keep in its closet. Particularly for those of us who were not here to experience the debacle of the City ‘purchasing’ the triangle property, etc, we are fortunate to be able to read the facts and get a bead on the recent (25 year) history of the City. I understand that many who were in former City administrations find it very embarrassing to have disclosures in the press explaining that the utility funds were not used for utility infrastructure, etc (SO many ‘faux pas’ in the past), but we taxpayers are grateful to Mr. Ripp for his tenacity and his… Read more »

Ole Fairhoper

Dang Georgia! You said a lot! On the end YOU NAILED IT

Anonymous

We love Karin

Anastasia H.

So what about the raw seawage in the bay? I heard over a million gallons during the storm. That’s gross and I bet the fish are no longer safe.

Beenherealongtimetime

In 1935, a bridge across the Mississippi River in Jefferson Parish was opened. It carried two rail lines and four 9 foot lanes of traffic across the River. It became known as the Huey Long Bridge. Eighty years later, the State of Louisiana decided to spend 1.2 billion dollars to widen that eighty year old bridge. As far as I know, no tolls were ever considered. That’s $1,200,000,000 to widen an eighty year old bridge. Perhaps the Louisiana DOT should be assigned the responsibility of procuring funds for the Mobile River Bridge.

Been Here Long Time Too

That’s because the politicians in Louisiana looked at the citizens’ needs. Here in South Alabama the politicians look at their political contributors’ needs

Oompaloompa

All hail catalyst

Catalyst is evil

I hate catalyst. They have ruined Baldwin in the name of Christianity. They are blasphemed Gods name