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A penny for your vote?

Christy Brown still buys her groceries at Kroger in Decatur, but she bought a computer at the Wal-Mart in Madison on her way home from a Huntsville visit. The much discussed and cussed 2001 penny sales tax hike will be an issue for her when she votes Tuesday. "When I make a major purchase, I don't do it in Decatur," said Brown, who moved to Decatur five years ago and works at Delphi Steering Systems. She attended a recent candidate forum, was unimpressed with the answers that incumbents gave and plans to vote for political newcomers.

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A penny for your vote?

BY Martin Burkey

Christy Brown still buys her groceries at Kroger in Decatur, but she bought a computer at the Wal-Mart in Madison on her way home from a Huntsville visit. The much discussed and cussed 2001 penny sales tax hike will be an issue for her when she votes Tuesday. "When I make a major purchase, I don't do it in Decatur," said Brown, who moved to Decatur five years ago and works at Delphi Steering Systems. She attended a recent candidate forum, was unimpressed with the answers that incumbents gave and plans to vote for political newcomers.

08/22/2004
Terry Smith: Better communication, better government

Terry Smith's grandparents were rebellious Republicans when he was growing up in staunchly Democratic Pulaski County, Ky., he recalls. As a naval aviator, he was used to pushing the edge, piloting electronic signal intelligence missions off the North Vietnam coast after the truce in 1973. Smith has been pushing ever since as archconservative activist, frequent candidate and local cable talk show host. He's making his second run at becoming mayor of Decatur.

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Terry Smith: Better communication, better government

BY Martin Burkey

Terry Smith's grandparents were rebellious Republicans when he was growing up in staunchly Democratic Pulaski County, Ky., he recalls. As a naval aviator, he was used to pushing the edge, piloting electronic signal intelligence missions off the North Vietnam coast after the truce in 1973. Smith has been pushing ever since as archconservative activist, frequent candidate and local cable talk show host. He's making his second run at becoming mayor of Decatur.

08/15/2004
Kyle plans cautious approach to tax cut

About this time last year, Don Kyle said he had a choice of whether to move his business out of Decatur or run for mayor. The Decatur native decided to run for mayor. Kyle, 54, a former Colonial Bank officer and more recently former owner of Wheeler Lake Marine, said he was faced with moving the marine business out of the city because the 2001 penny sales tax margin had cut his profit margin too thin to compete with similar businesses in neighboring areas. "I was not going to negotiate a $110 profit on a $14,000 item," he said.

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Kyle plans cautious approach to tax cut

BY Martin Burkey

About this time last year, Don Kyle said he had a choice of whether to move his business out of Decatur or run for mayor. The Decatur native decided to run for mayor. Kyle, 54, a former Colonial Bank officer and more recently former owner of Wheeler Lake Marine, said he was faced with moving the marine business out of the city because the 2001 penny sales tax margin had cut his profit margin too thin to compete with similar businesses in neighboring areas. "I was not going to negotiate a $110 profit on a $14,000 item," he said.

08/10/2004
Smith wants to lower tax if elected mayor

Vowing to turn down a paycheck until he can lower the sales-tax rate from 9 cents to 8 cents or less, Marine Corps veteran and City Council critic Terry Smith announced plans today to run for mayor of Decatur for a second time. The council had to approve the controversial 2001 penny tax increase only because it ignored warnings that it couldn't afford an earlier bond issue, Smith said.

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Smith wants to lower tax if elected mayor

BY Martin Burkey

Vowing to turn down a paycheck until he can lower the sales-tax rate from 9 cents to 8 cents or less, Marine Corps veteran and City Council critic Terry Smith announced plans today to run for mayor of Decatur for a second time. The council had to approve the controversial 2001 penny tax increase only because it ignored warnings that it couldn't afford an earlier bond issue, Smith said.

04/20/2004