County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 12

FROM THE COVER 1991 The 1991 Legislative Conference helped lay the groundwork for a landmark year, when legislators increased the state gasoline tax by a nickel. A healthy portion of those revenues were dedicated to local roads and bridges, and the gas tax has not been adjusted since. 1994 The County Commissioners College became the Alabama Local Government Training Institute to provide mandatory training for newly-elected commissioners. 1995 Legislative victory: Counties became authorized to collect local taxes on their own or contract for this service. Early adopters saw increased revenues. 1997 The County Revenue Officers Association of Alabama was organized. 1992 The Annual County Golf Bash began in recognition of the Association’s efforts to improve county government in Alabama. 12 | COUNTY COMMISSION 2000 Alabama voters approved “Amendment One,” which established the $250,000,000 GARVEE bond program to replace county bridges.