Taylor Mayor talks good and bad economic impacts of COVID-19

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TAYLOR, Ala. (WDHN) — The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many cities economically, but some may say smaller towns have suffered the biggest hits.

“Sales tax-wise it’s closed down a couple of restaurants and so we have seen sales taxes go down,” said Taylor Mayor Billy Snell.

While sales taxes have gone down, Snell said there is another area of revenue that has gone up.

As people stay at home, more residents have started watering their lawns more—resulting in increased water sales.
This has led to a slight strain on the city’s water department.

“We’ve asked people to water their lawns on alternative days,” Snell said.

While Taylor does have reserves they can use, the question is: will those help?

“We always save for a rainy day, but it’s still gonna put us in an economic bind,” Snell said. “These are funds that you can’t make up when the pandemic’s over, or the restrictions are relaxed.”

Meanwhile, there’s another major part of Taylor that has also been hit hard: senior citizens.

“Taylor’s known for our close-knit community where everybody knows everybody and we’ve had to regulate some of the social activities that we have around town,” Snell said.

Snell said he encourages people to visit Taylor once the pandemic is over.

Interestingly, according to Snell, Taylor marks the second largest town in Houston County.

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