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Jennifer Evans Sanford

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You can always use our drop box to the right of our door, email us at Transfers@FairhopeSingleTax.Com, or call us at 251-928-8162.

***Important Notice!!***


RE: New Invoicing Process – Beginning 2024

We are pleased to announce that the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation (FSTC) Directors approved a change in the invoicing process. The change is positive, as it will simplify the process for Lessees, allow greater efficiency for the FSTC, and be less confusing overall. The new policy is effective in 2024.

Beginning in 2024, FSTC will only send one invoice for the year. It will be dated October 1, 2024, for the exact amount owed, based on the current year’s tax information. This eliminates the need for a corrected invoice or refund.

As in the past, FSTC will continue to offer the 2% discount. To receive the discount under the new invoicing process, full payment will be due by November 1, 2024. If you choose not to take advantage of the 2% discount, you have until December 1, 2024 to pay in full. If you would like to prepay or send monthly payments in advance of October 1, 2024, you may certainly do so.

We look forward to this change coming in 2024 which simplifies the process for everyone. Expect to receive reminders during the transition period and feel free to contact the FSTC Office if you have questions.


Fairhope: A Single Tax Colony

Fairhope, Alabama, is one of two single tax colonies remaining in the United States (the other is in Arden, Delaware). The community, also known as the Colony, was established in 1894 by a group from Des Moines, Iowa, headed by Ernest B. Gaston, who wanted to establish a colony based on the single tax theories of economist, journalist, and social reformer Henry George. These theories were presented in his great book Progress and Poverty, published in 1879.


The people who founded Fairhope were not able to create a true single tax community as defined by Henry George, but they attempted to come as close as they could. They acquired land in the name of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation (it was called the Fairhope Industrial Association until 1904), then leased the land to those who wanted to use or live on the land. Lessees receive a 99 year renewable lease on the land, but have ownership of improvements on the land.

The Town of Fairhope, now the City of Fairhope, was incorporated in 1908. The City is governed by an elected Mayor and five elected City Council Members. It is located on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, a short distance from Mobile. Although the infrastructure of Fairhope was built by the Colony, it was deeded to the City of Fairhope when it was incorporated. Today, the City of Fairhope operates just like any other municipality. 

Today, the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit corporation located within the City of Fairhope. The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation, also known as the Colony, still owns about 4,500 acres of land in and around Fairhope, both inside and outside the city limits, which is about 25% of Fairhope. The majority of Colony land is located in the downtown area and moving East in proximity to Fairhope Avenue.


Photo Credit:

Jennifer Evans Sanford

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