Alabama City/County Tax Amendment, Amendment 4 (2010)
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Senator Scott Beason sponsored the amendment, stating that a statewide vote would have settled the dispute. According to Beason: "It's really trying to address the issue and not have a similar problem in the future. It's not anything against anyone. I just hope we'll have it solved and everything will go back to normal, I hope."
According to resident Jane Harris, the statewide vote was unnecessary for a local issue. Harris argued, "I think it's ridiculous. I think if it doesn't affect you, then I don't see the point in everyone voting on it."
However, according to resident Ron Sanford, when commenting on city implemented taxes "If it passes through whole state, then other cities can do it. So if you look at it that way, then it is a good thing to have the whole state vote on it."
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Official results of the measure follow:
|Amendment 4 (City/County Tax)|
Results via the Alabama Secretary of State
Text of amendment
The ballot title that voters saw on their ballots read:
"Relating to Blount County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any municipality not located entirely in Blount County from imposing any municipal ordinance or regulation, including, but not limited to any tax, zoning, planning, or sanitation regulations, and any inspection service in its police jurisdiction located in Blount County and to provide that a municipality prohibited from imposing any tax or regulation under this amendment shall not provide any regulatory function or police or fire protection services in its police jurisdiction located in Blount County, other than public safety mutual aid."
"Yes ( ) No ( )."
The summary of the proposed amendment read:
Proposing a local constitutional amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to Blount County, to prohibit any municipality not located entirely in Blount County from imposing any municipal ordinance or regulation, including, but not limited to, any tax, zoning, planning, or sanitation regulations, and any inspection service in its police jurisdiction located in Blount County; and to provide that a municipality prohibited from imposing any tax or regulation under this amendment shall not provide any regulatory function or police or fire protection services in its police jurisdiction located in Blount County, other than public safety mutual aid.
There was no known supporting campaign for Amendment 4.
There was no known opposing campaign for Amendment 4.
- The Birmingham News published an editorial on October 27, 2010 saying that each amendment on the ballot in 2010 should be 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."
- The Dekalb County Times-Journal was against the measure, stating, "This deals strictly with Blount County. It has no impact on DeKalb County, and local voters should allow Blount County voters to decide issues that deal with their county."
Path to the ballot
|Taxes on the ballot in 2010|
The Alabama House of Representatives passed the Senate proposal on March 24, 2010, sending the measure to the ballot for voters to decide. Article XVIII of the Alabama Constitution says that it takes a three-fifths (60%) vote of the Alabama State Legislature to qualify an amendment for the ballot.
- Alabama Secretary of State: 2010 Election Information
- Alabama 2010 Certification of Proposed Constitutional Amendments
- My Fox, "Warrior - Blount County tax dispute reaches State House," March 24, 2010
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Certification of Proposed Constitutional Amendments," accessed September 2, 2010
- Alabama Legislature, "SB423"
- Birmingham News, "OUR VIEW: The News recommends voting no on proposed constitutional amendments in an effort to force a new Alabama Constitution," October 27, 2010
- Dekalb County Times Journal, "Statewide, Local Amendments," October 28, 2010
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