The Birmingham City Council reauthorized a one-cent sales tax that generates about $32 million to the general fund each year.
The tax first went into effect in 2008 to pay for a domed stadium, education, transit improvements and other projects. While the domed stadium didn't come to fruition, the city has come to rely on the extra funds to pay to help fund the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and Birmingham City Councils and infrastructure improvements.
Councilor Lashunda Scales said the one-cent sales tax isn't being used for what it was passed for. She said the city needs to wean itself off these types of taxes.
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