MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — As politicians from Alabama head to the capital for an official swearing in ceremony, Alabama county leaders have a list of legislative priorities they would like to see resolved in the new year. The first thing on that list?
- Funding for Alabama’s roads and bridges . County leaders will continue to push for a new revenue measure for state and local infrastructure programs — saying that the costs associated with the construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges exceeds the resources available to county budgets.
- Another priority of focus — statutes to make sure online retailers like Amazon comply with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow tax collection from online purchases in the state. That supreme court decision was handed down last year in Wayfair vs. South Dakota, and county leaders say the collection methodology works well with Alabama’s Simplified Sellers Use Tax — they would just like to see some updates to it to guarantee compliance.
- County leaders also want a solution to an ambiguous law that allows county sheriffs to pocket any leftover money after buying food supplies for jail inmates. The issue came to a head last Spring with Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin under fire for how much was pocketed for personal use, leading Governor Ivey to issue a memorandum requiring sheriffs to deposit all money designated for food services into the county general fund or other official account.
County leaders want legislation to close the loophole by instituting clear requirements and accountability measures.