1st distribution of online sales tax benefits Cullman County Schools

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Left to right are Cullman County Schools Chief School Financial Officer Ed Roberson, Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette, Cullman County Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons and Cullman County Administrator John Bullard. (Contributed)

CULLMAN, Ala. – This week, the Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) received its first quarterly disbursement of the Simplified Sellers Use Tax (SSUT) in the amount of $166,586, which is earmarked for school facilities, safety and security upgrades. 

The SSUT became required for many online sellers located outside of Alabama on Jan. 1, 2019. At a Cullman County Commission meeting on May 17, 2022, the commission and the CCBOE agreed on a revenue-sharing agreement for the online tax. The agreement denoted 30% of the SSUT to go to the county school system. 

A statement from the Cullman County Commission reads, “Chairman Clemons along with the Cullman County Commission are proud to work with the Board of Education to promote a better opportunity for the students of Cullman County. We can accomplish a lot if we all work together. Our students are our future leaders. It is an honor and privilege to see the positive changes going on in our schools across Cullman County.” 

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette said in a statement, “I am thankful for a great partnership with the Cullman County Commission. Everybody wins when we all can work together to do what’s best for our students and the citizens of Cullman County. The online sales tax (SSUT) that Cullman County Schools and the Cullman County Commission has agreed upon aligns with how our in-store sales tax is already divided. Cullman County Schools will use these funds along with other local funds to continue to upgrade our schools’ facilities and improve the safety and security of our campuses. We all are blessed to live in a community in which we all can work together.” 

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