Cullman County Schools, Cullman County Commission reach online sales tax revenue agreement

(The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Schools and the Cullman County Commission have reached a revenue sharing agreement that will provide additional funding for future capital improvement projects. The agreement was approved by a unanimous vote of the Commission at its Tuesday, May 17, 2022 meeting.

The Simplified Sellers Use Tax, or SSUT, is revenue generated by the sale of goods online. As of January 1, 2019, the tax collection became a requirement for certain out-of-state online sellers. To date, Cullman County Schools has not received any funding from this tax.

This is not a new tax. It is already being collected and distributed to the Cullman County Commission. This resolution creates a revenue sharing agreement, in which Cullman County Schools will receive 30 percent of the SSUT proceeds. Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette has been working with county leadership for several months to reach this agreement. “We appreciate the Cullman County Commission agreeing to share a percentage of the Simplified Sellers Use Tax with our students,” said Barnette. “This is not a new tax, but simply clarifies the portion of the sales tax that is collected from online purchases.”

Proceeds from the SSUT will be used for additional capital improvement projects. Revitalizing district buildings and campuses is a major priority for Dr. Barnette. One of the goals in the recently approved Cullman County Schools Strategic Plan is to have safe, secure and well-maintained campuses.

“Thanks to this agreement you will see a lot more work across our school system, in addition to the various improvements which are already underway,” said Dr. Barnette. Current construction projects include a 16-classroom addition at Hanceville Elementary with a second lunchroom for the K-12 campus, a gym and other new facilities at Good Hope Middle, a new gym at Cold Springs High and a lunchroom expansion at West Point Elementary and High School. This is on top of many other improvements going on at every campus, such as LED lighting, HVAC and other safety upgrades that will save energy and money at every Cullman County school building.