Catching up with Mayor Baker Around Town:

Semmes is known for a rich heritage of nurseries & growers. Pictured with Mayor Baker at the Gulf Coast Horticultural Expo are John Williams of Tom Dodd Nurseries, & JT & Ginny of Rushing Nursery. Our very own Arby's, near the intersection of Schillinger & Moffett, has been newly designated as a training center. Manager Jennifer Houston & corporate execs from Florida & Georgia are pictured with the Mayor.

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, during the City Council Meeting, Chief Brooks recognized Capt. Wade Walker, Jr (2nd from left), Lt. Daniel Riels (3rd from left), & Lt. Stephen Schmidt (4th from left) with Distinguished Service Awards for performing lifesaving measures when responding to a cardiac arrest event. Also awarded, but not pictured, Firefighter Patrick Hadley & Firefighter Galen Lambeth.

Pictured from left to right: Council Member Howard Smith, Walker Jr., Riels, Schmidt, Mayor David Baker, Chief Kevin Brooks, Council Member Terry Platt, Council Member Lawrence Webb, & Council Member Charles Watts.

Sales Tax Holiday

Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Set for Feb. 24-26 – Alabamians encouraged to re-stock emergency supplies

    From Friday, Feb. 24, to Sunday, Feb. 26, Alabama will observe its sixth annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The Alabama Retail Association encourages Alabamians to restock emergency supplies in homes, workplaces and vehicles during this three-day tax holiday. Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state’s 4-percent state sales tax, and in some cities and counties, local taxes are waived on those items as well. It means shoppers can save as much as 10 percent on these items in some areas of the state. As of Jan. 26, 222 localities had notified the state that they would be participating in the February tax holiday. From 12:01 a.m. Feb. 24 to midnight Feb. 26, the tax-exempt items include the following priced at $60 or less:

  • Flashlights, lanterns
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Batteries
  • First-aid kits
  • Cell phone charger
  • Two-way radios
  • Manual can openers
  • Tarps and plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Tie-down kits, bungee cords or rope
Other tax-free items include: Coolers, ice packs, plywood, window film and smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors. Portable generators and power cords costing $1,000 or less are also tax free


The City of Semmes participated in the Camellia Festival on January 28, 2017.  Our tablescape, "A Garden Tea Party" was awarded 1st place.

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

(Let the good times roll!)

Please celebrate safely. City offices will be closed on Fat Tuesday, February 28th, 2017


Celebrate President's Day on Monday, February 20th.

City Offices will be closed for the Holiday & reopen Tuesday, February 21st.

The City of Semmes Public Works Department now has a Facebook page. Please click on the image to visit, like, and follow their page!

Semmes Construction Projects

 The City of Semmes currently has 3 construction projects in progress around the Moffett/McCrary intersection.  Two of them are sidewalk projects which are 80% funded by the state and federal government with Transportation Alternative money.  The purpose of the project is to encourage cities to become more walkable, which will help reduce traffic.  The locations in Semmes were chosen due to their proximity to the parks, post office, pharmacies, retail, and banks.  The City hopes to continue pursuing these type grants so that the sidewalks can be extended to other areas of the City.

 The third project is an intersection improvement of Moffett/McCrary/Wulff by widening the intersection, adding a right turn lane on Moffett to McCrary, and shifting the center turn lanes so that they are off-set.  These improvements will help relieve congestion and increase visibility which will improve overall safety.  The City partnered with the Alabama Department of Transportation in an effort to address the traffic and safety concerns that resulted from traffic studies and historical data gathered over the last 5-10 years.  This project will begin in December and should be finished by April.

 We ask that the citizens be careful and drive safely during the construction process.  Infrastructure construction can be bothersome to drivers and citizens but the benefits of these projects will be worth the sacrifice.

 If you have questions or concerns, please call the Public Works Department at 649-5752.

Adopted Business License Ordinance
For more information on the City of Semmes business license, 
please contact 
RDS @ 800-556-7274

** City Council Chambers **

All City Council Meetings
and Planning Commission Meetings
are held in the  Council Chambers
located at 7875 Moffett Road, Unit #C -- this is 3 units down
 from City Hall in the Century Bank Building
(next to WalMart in Semmes)


Sales Tax in 1.5 mile Police Jurisdiction is 1/2 of the city tax rate


Revenue Discovery Systems (RDS)
will collect the Sales, Use, Rental & Lodging
taxes for the City of Semmes


Contact RDS: 800-556-7274

Contact the city with any questions:


Effective October 7th, 2014
City Sales Tax Rates for Semmes, AL

General Sales/Use Tax -- 3%

Automotive Sales Tax -- 1.0%

Rental Tax -- 2.5%

Lodging Tax -- 5.0%

If you are not sure if your business is located within the 1.5 police jurisdiction,
call the City office phone number at 251/649-8811 and give them your address Webutation


Last Updated:  February 14, 2017

City of Semmes
Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 1757
Street Address:  7875 Moffett Road, Unit #F
Semmes, AL  36575

Phone 251/649-8811                FAX 251/649-7711

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