News for the confused

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2003

If you are like me, every time someone mentions Gov. Riley’s tax package, which will be voted on by the citizens of Alabama on September 9, your eyes glass over and a dazed expression comes over your face.

I’ll admit there are several aspects of the package I just don’t understand.

For those like me, attendance at the Kiwanis Club’s Tuesday luncheon, August 12, at 12 noon, would be a great opportunity to have your questions about the package answered.

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Alabama State Finance Director Drayton Nabers, who played a key role in the development of Riley’s tax plan, will be the Kiwanis Club’s featured speaker during its meeting next week.

Nabers, former president of Protective Life Insurance Company, left his lucrative position with that company to become a part of Gov. Riley’s team.

&uot;Nabers was instrumental in putting together this tax plan,&uot; Butler County Circuit Clerk Allen Stephenson said. &uot;Having been so intimately involved in planning the legislation, Nabers offers Greenville residents a wonderful opportunity to clarify any questions they may have. During his speech, he will explain the tax plan, and open the floor for questions afterwards. He is in a unique position to relate the details of the tax plan, and why it was put together as it was.&uot;

Nabers will be introduced to the meeting attendees by Bill Newton, a Greenville native and member of the Alabama Fiscal Office of the legislature.

&uot;For many years, Newton has crunched the numbers for bills that will go before the legislature,&uot; Stephenson said. &uot;He is a most respected person in the fiscal office.&uot;

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol Lee said the purpose of Nabers’ visit is strictly informational.

&uot;We just want to let people know what the tax package is, and where the governor stands on this issue. We don’t want to give anyone the impression that Nabers’ visit is intended as an endorsement of the governor’s plan,&uot; Lee said. &uot;We are simply offering an opportunity for our townspeople to get more information about the plan so they can make an informed decision about how they want to vote. We are very grateful to Mr. Nabers for taking time out to come and talk with us, especially now when they are so busy. It’s truly an honor.&uot;

Lee said the public is invited to attend the meeting. Reservations must be made for the luncheon no later than noon on Monday, and there will be a $7 charge for the meal.

Interested parties can contact Lee at the Chamber of Commerce by calling 382-3251 to make a reservation.