By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Good Tuesday morning to you…
Weather: Nice. Sunny skies today with highs in the middle 70s and lows tonight around 60. Showers are on the way for Wednesday.
Breakaway faction. A group promoting the separation of Gardendale schools into their own system held a meeting Monday that attracted about 80 residents. FOCUS Gardendale presented a plan of action for breaking the local schools off from the Jefferson County Schools system, as was done in Trussville a few years ago. The group proposes that the city enact a 10-mill property tax to fund the new system (Gardendale is one of only two cities in the state with no property tax levy). At issue is Mt. Olive, which would have to be annexed to join the proposed system; otherwise, students at Mt. Olive Elementary would remain with the county system and feed into Corner or Mortimer Jordan instead. A city-funded study of whether the breakaway should take place will be released May 14,
Kimberly hikes sales tax rate. The city council approved the hike in Monday’s meeting, joining most of its neighbors in charging a four-percent tax. That makes the overall rate at 10 cents on the dollar.
Speaking of sales taxes... The free ride for customers of online retailers like Amazon.com is about to end, if the Obama administration has its way. A bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate would require such retailers to charge income tax to all customers and forward those taxes to the states and cities where the customers reside. As of now, those retailers must only charge tax in those states where they actually have some sort of brick-and-mortar presence. The bill faces opposition in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, however.
Sports: Wildcats fall. Second-ranked Randolph County scored 10 runs in the first two innings, which proved to be a hurdle that was simply too high for Fultondale to overcome in a 12-9 loss in the third and deciding game of their Class 2A first-round baseball playoff series Monday. The loss leaves two local teams still alive for the second round in Class 5A: No. 10 Pinson Valley and Mortimer Jordan, who face each other in a doubleheader Friday at Jordan, with an if-necessary game on Saturday… Auburn: On the day that the famed Toomer’s Corner oaks are scheduled to be cut down, things are getting even worse for the Tiger program. Just days after Athletics Director presented a strong rebuttal to an online report accusing the program of academic fraud, ESPN will show a report on its E:60 program that charges Auburn’s football program had major issues with the use of synthetic marijuana. The show airs tonight… Softball: Pinson Valley made short work of visiting Fultondale on Monday, winning 15-0 in four innings. Kaitlyn Crocker had a solo homer, and Tristen Griffeth’s two-run double ended the game on the mercy rule. Today’s schedule features an important battle in Class 5A Area 12, as No. 6 Mortimer Jordan hosts fourth-ranked Hayden. If the Wildcats win, they will likely host the area tournament as they knocked off the Blue Devils at home earlier. If Jordan prevails, it comes down to how the two teams fare against No. 7 Curry, and possibly tiebreakers.