Alabama Special County Educational Tax Amendment, Amendment 2 (2010)

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The Alabama Special County Educational Tax Amendment, or Amendment 2, was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.Defeatedd The measure would have provided that special county educational taxes be levied by a majority vote, instead of three fifths vote. Henry County Superintendent Dennis Coe helped spearhead the effort for legislature to get the amendment on the ballot.[1][2]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results

Official results follow:

Amendment 2 (Educational Tax)
Defeatedd No606,35752%
Yes 552,525 48%

Results via the Alabama Secretary of State

Text of measure


The summary of the measure read:[3]

To propose an amendment to Section 269 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended by Amendment No. 111 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 269 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama 1901, as amended, relating to special county educational taxes, to provide that the taxes may be levied by a majority vote, not by three-fifths vote, of those voting at the election.

Constitutional changes

The measure would have amended Section 269 of Article XIV of the Alabama Constitution.[4]


There was no known supporting campaign for Amendment 2.


There was no known opposing campaign for Amendment 2.

Media endorsements

Endorsements of Alabama ballot measures, 2010


  • The Dekalb County Times-Journal was in support of the measure, stating, "In each county a maximum of 1 mill of property tax for education requires a three-fifths majority vote for renewal. Passage of Amendment 2 would lower that to a simple majority, bringing it in line with most other proposed property tax votes."[5]


  • The Dothan Eagle made a case for voters to vote against the amendment, stating that it should be difficult for voters to raise taxes. According to the publication, "Several counties in Alabama levy a small ad valorem tax for education that must be periodically reauthorized by voters. The state constitution now requires a three-fifths vote to renew the tax. Amendment 2 would change the requirement to a simple majority. Certainly the change would make tax renewal easier. But it should be difficult. Those who support a tax increase or renewal should be required to make a strong case for the passage. If the need is great enough, gaining the support of 60 percent of voters should not be an insurmountable challenge."[6]
  • The Birmingham News published an editorial on October 27, 2010 saying that each amendment on the ballot should have been rejected by voters. The editorial by the publication stated, "This year, there is no compelling amendment requiring a "yes" vote. Instead, the four statewide and 33 local amendments on the ballot remind us of the 1901 constitution's biggest flaw. The lack of self-government, or home rule, hamstrings local governments. Blame the constitution's drafters, who didn't trust the people or local governments. That forces county commissions and city councils to seek the Legislature's blessing on amendments that let them do what the constitution prohibits."[7]

Path to the ballot

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The measure was read for the first time to the Alabama House of Representatives during the 2009 Legislative Session on February 3, 2009. The measure was approved for the ballot on May 15, 2009. The measure was then sent to the statewide ballot, as opposed to a local ballot, during the week of August 13, 2010.[8]

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