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Foundation Principle

County government’s role in the effective administration and enforcement of Alabama’s law affecting environmental issues, land use and public works administration is often confusing.  Counties lack land-use authority, but are required to grant initial approval for landfills.  Counties seek to enhance the delivery of services by improving their public facilities and programs, but often are impeded by federal and state regulations, inspections, and prohibitions that do not serve the public’s best interests.  The exercise of extra-jurisdictional powers by municipalities further clouds the role of county government.  The Association seeks legislative and administrative solutions to these conflicts and encourages all related agencies to interact with counties to ensure the proper delivery of services and the enforcement of requirements and regulations.


Strategic Goals

In furtherance of this Foundation Principle, the Association will actively pursue the passage of legislation to accomplish the following strategic goals:

→ To more clearly define the county commission’s responsibilities in granting host government approval of new or expanding landfills.

→ To limit the exercise of municipal powers or taxation outside the jurisdiction’s corporate limits.


Legislative Policy

In addition to its strategic goals, the Association has adopted the following legislative policy consistent with this Foundation Principle:

Opposition to any statutory or administrative increase in fees charged by a state agency if such increases will be paid by county government or county-established agencies.

Support for restoring state EMA revenues in the state general fund budget to ensure both state and county EMA programs receive proper funding.

Support for shifting state responsibility for flood plain management from ADECA to an agency interacting more directly with FEMA.

Support for improving existing solid waste laws and better defining the roles of all stakeholders.

Opposition to municipalities using unconventional annexation procedures to avoid the legal responsibility to maintain public roads included in newly-annexed areas.

Support for increasing the minimum cost of a construction project amount which requires the county to employ the services of a licensed general contractor or architect.

Opposition to relaxing or eliminating competitive bidding requirements for construction projects or granting a contractor sole responsibility for selecting the successful bidder.

Opposition to allowing a project manager to approve construction contract changes without approval of the governing body and/or compliance with the public works law.

Support requiring the Forever Wild Board to make annual payments from its Stewardship Account in an amount equal to the ad valorem taxes lost by the purchase of lands previously held by private ownership.