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Foundation Principle

Alabama counties play an ever-growing and vital role in the state’s economic development efforts; providing services, financial support and community leadership necessary to attract and retain important employers.  Counties must be able to access the revenue necessary to carry out this function and must be included in any reforms and initiatives that alter Alabama’s law regarding economic incentives and requirements.  Revenue from the Alabama Trust Fund is essential to meeting these goals and must be protected from unnecessary raids and expenditures.  The Association will actively oppose any removal of revenue from the Alabama Trust Fund and seeks to be a partner in those economic development efforts that emphasize a partnership between the state and its counties.

Strategic Goals

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

→ To shift 20 percent of the corpus and future oil lease and royalty payments of the Alabama Trust Fund into the County and Municipal Government Trust Fund which would thereafter operate as a separately-maintained Trust Fund for counties and municipalities.


Legislative Policy

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

♦ Support for legislation to establish an application process for granting tax credits and tax abatements for the expansion of high speed internet broadband services to the underserved unincorporated areas of counties with county commission consent for any local tax abatements.

♦ Opposition to the withdrawal or diversion of money currently earmarked for Alabama Trust Fund.

♦ Opposition to any economic development legislation or programs that mandate the expenditure of county revenues or abate county taxes without county commission consent.