- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Selma city officials are asking for a state audit to determine why the city’s tax revenue in March was lower than anticipated despite thousands visiting for the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

The city’s tax revenue for the month of March was roughly $16,000 more than it was in March 2014, Mayor George Evans told the Selma Times-Journal Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1E60y7E ).

The anniversary event cost the city roughly $200,000 and the city has an outstanding bill of about $165,000 to pay for cleanup and transportation overtime costs, said Councilman Cecil Williamson.

“Although we got good publicity out of it, the city doesn’t have $165,000 budgeted extra to pay for all of the costs of the Jubilee,” Williamson said.

City leaders have asked the mayor to request an audit from the Alabama Department of Revenue to review tax revenue local businesses reported in March, Council President Corey Bowie said.

“I’m not saying that there are any improprieties, but I would like to just go back and check because to my amazement that was very low with 100,000 people in the city,” Bowie said.

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Information from: Times Journal, https://www.selmatimesjournal.com/

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