This chapter may be cited as the "County Government Capital Improvement Act."
It is the desire of the state to assist in the restoration and improvement of county government buildings, bridges, roads, streets and other facilities, and to promote the health, safety and public welfare of the citizens of the state. The making available in the manner provided in this chapter of appropriated moneys to assist the financing of much needed capital improvement projects will assist county government services and promote the welfare and prosperity of the people of the state.
As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following respective meanings:
(1) FISCAL YEAR. The fiscal year of the state as may from time to time be provided by law.
(2) FUND. The "county government capital improvement fund".
(3) FUND CAPITAL. All assets of the "fund".
(4) STATE. The state of Alabama.
(5) TRUST FUND. "The Alabama trust fund" created by Amendment Number 450 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901.
(6) TRUST INCOME. The net income received by the state, subsequent to the transfer of the initial trust capital by the state treasurer to the board of trustees of the trust fund, from the investment and reinvestment of all assets of the trust fund, determined in accordance with the provisions of Amendment Number 450 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. "Trust income" does not include income which becomes part of the trust capital of the trust fund.
For the continuing benefit of the state of Alabama and the citizens thereof, there is hereby created the "county government capital improvement fund" which shall be funded and administered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Beginning October 1, 1985, in addition to all other appropriations heretofore or hereafter made there is hereby annually appropriated from the general fund of the state to the county government capital improvement fund an amount equal to 10 percent of the trust income at such time as the trust income received by the state in the preceding fiscal year equals or exceeds $60,000,000. Provided however, no funds shall be appropriated to the county government capital improvement fund in any fiscal year for which in the previous fiscal year trust income received by the state was less than $60,000,000.
The fund capital shall be distributed to the several counties of the state and shall be paid on April 15 of the fiscal year for which each annual appropriation is made as follows:
Part of the funds to be paid to counties that is equal to 45.45 percent of the total of such portion shall be allocated equally among the 67 counties of the state; and the entire residue of the portion to be paid to counties, being an amount equal to 54.55 percent of such portion, shall be allocated among the 67 counties of the state on the basis of the ratio of the population of each county to the total population of the state according to the then next preceding federal decennial census or, prior to the effective date of the 1990 decennial census, any special federal census held in any county subsequent to the effective date of the 1980 federal decennial census and prior to the adoption hereof. Such funds shall only be used by counties for the following purposes:
a. Public buildings; counties may expend such funds for the construction, furnishing, equipping and renovation of public buildings including, without limitation, jails, courthouses and courthouse annexes, juvenile facilities, and paying rentals to public corporations for the use of public buildings. Such funds may also be expended for the purpose of purchasing land for public buildings.
b. Solid waste; counties may expend such funds for the purchase of land for sanitary landfills, the purchase of solid waste handling and disposal equipment including collection vehicles and landfill compaction equipment, and other solid waste handling and disposal equipment and/or facilities.
c. Public utilities; counties may expend such funds for public water and waste water treatment facilities and drainage facilities. Such expenditures may include the purchase of land and rights-of-way, and the purchase of equipment and supplies necessary for the installation and maintenance of such public facilities.
d. Roads and bridges; up to 50 percent of the funds received by counties may be expended for the construction, maintenance, reconstruction, restoration or resurfacing of county roads and bridges.
e. Bonds and warrants; counties may expend such funds for the payment of any valid obligation of a county that is evidenced by bonds, notes, warrants or other instruments now or hereafter authorized by law to be issued for any of the purposes enumerated in clauses a, b, c and d of this paragraph.
f. Public health; counties may expend funds for the operation and maintenance of the county health department.
g. Pensions and security; counties may expend funds for the operation and maintenance of the county human resources department.
The state comptroller shall make all allocations of funds and shall make the distribution and payments thereof pursuant to such allocations provided for in this chapter.