Dodge City pays off CR 216 bridge project loan with back taxes from local business

New bridge on County Road 216 has been named the Windle McDonald Memorial Bridge

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The Dodge City Town Council is seen Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

DODGE CITY, Ala. – The Dodge City Town Council on Thursday night voted to pay off the balance of its loan for the County Road 216 Bridge Culvert Replacement Project, thanks to back sales tax collected from a local business.

Dodge City Mayor Tawana Canada reported that Town Clerk Vicki Ogletree recently discovered Jack’s had not been charging the town’s half-cent sales tax that went into effect in September 2017. The Town received a check for $50,919.48 for the estimated three years of back taxes from the Cullman County Sales Tax and Revenue Enforcement Department.

Canada elaborated, “Vicki went to Jack’s one morning and bought something; it didn’t come out like the tax should have. She gave correct change (she calculated with the tax included). Well, they gave her change back. She called (the) Cullman County Sales Tax (and Revenue Enforcement Department), and the Town received a check for $50,000 for three years back taxes that Jack’s owed us, plus fines and everything, so we have her to thank for this.”

Canada said Jack’s now has its computer system updated to include the tax.

The council suspended the rules, then voted to use the money received from Jack’s to pay off the remaining $41,999.84 balance of the Town’s $150,000 five-year loan taken out for the County Road 216 Bridge Culvert Replacement Project in November 2019.

The new bridge on County Road 216 has been named the Windle McDonald Memorial Bridge.

Canada shared, “Windle was the only Dodge City resident to have died in a foreign war.”

In other business, the council voted to donate $1,000 to Good Samaritan Health Clinic.

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