Commission approves sales tax rebate for sporting goods store

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Cullman County Economic Development Director Matt Kinsland addresses the Cullman County Commission on June 18, 2024. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 18, the Cullman County Commission discussed a proposed sales tax rebate and financial benefits concerning a large sporting goods retail store soon to come to Cullman. As The Tribune previously reported, the business is Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The commission approved a sales tax rebate for the store, to be located at the corner of King Edward Street Southwest and CSX Railways. The commission said the approximately 55,000-square-foot franchise will bring an estimated 70-80 employment opportunities to Cullman County.

Cullman County Economic Development Director Matt Kinsland spoke in favor of the resolution before the commission to grant a sales tax rebate to the store for half of the County’s portion of sales tax received, capped at $833,000 and10 years.

“If the sales generated does not meet the $833,00 within the 10 years requested, then this would terminate. And then also, likewise, if the $833,000 is met before the 10 years, then this agreement terminates at that point also,” Kinsland explained. “And then also, I’d just like to point that the City is considering doing their half of their portion that they receive as well, as far as this project. So, if we receive $833,000, that also means that the County would take into their General Fund $833,000 on this project, so I feel it’s a good project.”

The commission also heard from Cullman County Engineer Philip Widner about the need for new equipment. He said the Road Department’s paving machine is outdated and undergoing repairs. He said he and County Administrator John Bullard discussed purchasing a new paving machine in the upcoming fiscal year; however, the major repairs needed to the current machine make the new machine a necessity sooner rather than later, according to Widner. He said he found the new machine is in high demand and difficult to obtain and purchase. The commission agreed to sign a letter of intent to purchase a paving machine when one becomes available, earmarking those funds for that specific purchase.

In other business, the commission:

  • Recognized Judy Aaron for her outstanding service to the Arkadelphia Community
  • Recognized Deborah Harden retiring after 32 years of service with the Revenue Department
  • Recognized Jerry Bradford retiring after 10 years of service with CARTS
  • Approved Resolution 2024-25: Changed speed limit to 35 miles per hour on County Road 939 Approved Resolution 2024-26: Changed speed limit to 40 miles per hour on County Road 1534
  • Approved Resolution 2024-27: Set speed limit to 15 miles per hour on County Road 464
  • Approved Resolution 2024-28: Set speed limit to 15 miles per hour on County Road 465
  • Approved Resolution 2024-29: Approved the execution and delivery of Authorizing Approved Resolution related to a Sporting Goods Store Project Development Agreement
  • Ratified Agreement between the Cullman County Commission and Cullman County Sheriff’s Office to house Autauga County detainees at the Cullman County Jail
  • Authorized Chairman to sign change order from Stateline Mechanical for the Cullman County Courthouse HVAC upgrades in the amount of $23,057
  • Approved the access plan for County Roads associated with the Rock the South Event
  • Approved payment of quarterly liability endorsement to ACCA LSIF in the amount of $10,984.83
  • Approved payment to Servpro for remediation at the Cullman County Board of Education Building in the amount of $33,661.23
  • Amended the purchase of two Ford Maverick Super Crew from the May 21, 2024, meeting to reflect the price of $27,370 each off State Bid from Stivers for the Revenue Department
  • Approved proposed plat for Long Branch Pointe Subdivision; a major subdivision containing five lots in Commission District 4. The subdivision is located off of County Road 41, a quarter mile north of the intersection of County Road 41 and County Road 51
  • Approved proposed plat Connie’s Cottages Subdivision. A minor subdivision containing seven lots in Commission District 4. The subdivision is located on County Road 949, beginning at the intersection of County Road 950
  • Approved Bid 1465: Brothers Concrete Supply for Hauling aggregate, asphalt and other various materials

The next commission work session will be Tuesday, July 16, at 4 p.m. in the commission meeting room. The meeting will follow at 6.

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