Town hopes for restored beer funds

Published 7:49 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ORRVILLE — The town of Orrville and the Dallas County Commission are working with the Legislature to try to restore a portion of beer tax money previously collected.

During their regular council meeting, Orrville Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin announced that a bid to restore the funds has been put in place and is set to go through the legislative process.

“We have a bid on the floor waiting to be approved,” Lumpkin said. “I’m not sure how long it will take for it to be approved but I’m hoping it won’t be much longer.”

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The issue came about after an auditor, while reviewing the Dallas County Commission’s 2011 fiscal year, noticed an act was passed in 1995 that excluded Orrville from receiving proceeds from a beer tax placed on Dallas County. In a previous 1994 act, Orrville was included — and thus had been receiving money from the tax.

Lumpkin said she along with Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard and Dario Melton, state representative, have written a bid to restore Orrville’s portion of the tax.

“I’ve been working with the probate judge and the State Legislature to try and restore these funds that were based off the 1994 legislation,” Melton said. “Right now we’re just waiting on it to go through the legislative process.”

Currently, the beer tax allots 72 percent of its revenue to the city of Selma and 27 percent to the Dallas County Commission.

“We’re a small town and we need that money,” Lumpkin said. “Hopefully everything will be approved.”