Business owner says tax is deceptive

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 8, 2003

Owners of auto and tire businesses in Demopolis are not happy about Gov. Bob Riley’s new $1.2 billion tax and education plan proposal, a proposal that is to be included on the Sept. 9 ballot.

Lube Center owner Mike Rush said that he was against the plan, saying the tax would only be beneficial to the education system rather than small businesses.

Rush said one of the things he disliked most about the plan was that it was "deceptive."

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Advanced Auto Parts Manager Shirley McCoy said that she was not for the plan either.

McCoy said that rather than taxing small businesses more, another solution would be for the government to cut spending in other areas.

Marengo Tire Owner Frank Walker said that he was not for the plan either, saying that the plan would only cause more hardship for businesses owners in Demopolis.