Credit Card Usage
The Association supports legislation which would allow counties, through their chief administrative officer, to utilize credit cards for purchases of goods and supplies provided such legislation includes adequate protections to ensure that use of credit cards is limited to appropriate purchases and supervised by the county chief administrative officer.
Redemption of Property
Fact sheet, comparison chart
The Association supports legislation to correct technical problems in the statute addressing tax sales and redemption of property to provide that any excess paid at the time of the tax sale may only be paid to a person or entity who has legally redeemed the property, but allowing the county commission to issue a voucher in the amount of the excess which can be presented to the probate judge in lieu of the amount equal to the excess bid by a person or entity who has paid all other costs of redemption. The Association opposes any legislation specifically aimed at reducing or eliminating interest on tax sale proceeds.
Funding for ATRIP/RAMP Projects
The Association supports legislation authorizing the state of Alabama to issue bonds for financing and/or providing the local match for rural road and bridge projects approved under the ATRIP or RAMP programs administered by the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Alabama Trust Fund repayment
One county revenue stream comes from the Alabama Trust Fund, created with the state’s royalties from oil and gas drilling. Last September, voters approved borrowing $437 million from the trust fund to prop up the state’s General Fund budget. HB 94 by Rep. Jay Love would require the Legislature to gradually repay the trust fund by 2026. (This fiscal note shows the repayment schedule.)
Under current law, counties can only use the funds from the four-cent excise tax on gasoline and lubricating oil on resurfacing, restoring and rehabilitating paved roads and bridges or on replacing bridges. This bill would allow counties to use these funds for vegetation management on the county rights of way.
Reusing prescription drugs in county jails
When an inmate leaves a county jail today, all the inmate’s remaining county-purchased prescription drugs are destroyed. This legislation would allow for unused drugs to go back to the pharmacy and be repackaged for another inmate with the same prescription, resulting in cost savings for counties. A similar provision has been very successful in the state prison system.