County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 8

FROM THE COVER Where Were We COUNTY GOVERNMENT & ACCA THROUGH THE YEARS 1929 On July 9, 1929, the Association was founded. 1930 The Alabama Statehouse now stands on the site of this former residence that was used as an office for the Association. Representatives of more than 60 counties met in Montgomery for the Association’s 2nd Annual Convention. The organization’s total income for its first year was $1,250 (or almost $19,000 in 2018 dollars). 1930 Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, counties’ top policy priorities included establishing a local option gas tax of up to 3 cents per gallon and protecting the 2 cents per gallon levy that was distributed equally among all 67 counties. 1943 The Farm-to-Market Road Act passed the Alabama Legislature. 1944 John G. White, who sponsored the Farm-to-Market Road legislation, became the Association’s secretary-treasurer, the position known today as executive director. 8 | COUNTY COMMISSION