Group of citizens don’t see much hope in tax plan

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2003

When interviewed by the Demopolis Times, residents of Demopolis said they were either uncertain about or against Gov. Bob Riley’s $1.2 billion tax and education proposal with very few of the residents saying they were supportive of the plan.

The proposal is to be included on the Sept. 9 ballot.

Resident Anita Thornhill also said she was against the plan.

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Resident Maria Suttles also said she was not in favor of the new plan, saying that even her friends were against the plan.

Resident Melanie Edwards was one person, who had a different opinion about the plan.

Residents Ronnie Hewitt and Nicole Pruitt said that they had not heard very much about the plan, and that the plan "was not something they were familiar with."

Resident Angie Brock had a similar view to other residents, saying that she "hadn’t heard good things about the plan either."

Resident Susan Grayson said she was for the plan.

In an article filed in the Sept.1 edition of the Tuscaloosa News, a Mobile Register-University of South Alabama survey found that 57 percent of respondents would vote against the plan, while only 26 percent would vote for it.

Riley’s press secretary David Azbell said the poll results would not alter Riley’s strategy.