Dauphin Island (including the West End)
Dauphin Island is the second-highest revenue generator
of property tax income for Mobile County. And more than half of
that income is generated from the properties on the West End.
In 2008-2009, 70-80% of the Town revenue generated from
ad valoreum taxes, sales tax, lodging tax and building permits (over
$800,000) came from the West End.
If the vulnerable West End is lost, so is the revenue
from that area, which includes:
property tax from property owners
lodging tax from hotel, house and condo
sales tax from purchases in restaurants, fish markets, stores,
boat rentals, etc.
income for local businesses
income for local servicepeople to repair, maintain
and clean the properties
Also, since most houses on the West End are not primary residences, the owners
cannot claim the homestead exemption on property taxes. This means
that more property tax dollars, both total and per capita, are generated from the West End.
Restoring the West End
shoreline will restore not only public beach, but also revenue-generating property that is currently
under water. This revenue benefits the County, the State,
and most importantly, the Town.
If the West End properties were not there, or severely reduced, this
would cut into the budget needed to run the Town of Dauphin Island -
budget that is used for public services such as policemen and women.
Can the Town of Dauphin Island survive with up to 70% less revenue?
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