Alabama, USA, local Popular or citizens initiative [PCI] - Petition to call election on special tax (County hospitals, Public Health Purposes)

General Typology

Instrument
Popular or citizens initiative [PCI]
Location
Alabama, USA
Political level
local
Local Name:
Petition to call election on special tax (County hospitals, Public Health Purposes)
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Amendment 59 ratified

Additional County Taxes for County Hospitals.

The governing body of any county in the state of Alabama except Mobile and Montgomery county must levy and collect or cause to be collected for use in the acquisition by purchase, lease or otherwise, or for the construction, operation, equipment and maintenance of a county hospital, in addition to all other taxes now authorized by law, a tax, not in excess of ten mills on each one hundred dollars, on all property situated within the county, based upon the valuation of such property in the county as assessed for state taxation, provided such tax is authorized by a majority of the qualified electors of the county voting upon such proposition at an election called and held for the purpose of authorizing such tax. Such an election may be called at any time by the governing body of any county in the state, and said governing body must call such election upon a petition being filed with the chairman or any member of said governing body requesting that such an election be called or held when said petition is signed by not less than one hundred qualified electors of the county in which said election is to be held. Said election shall be held and conducted and the results canvassed as now provided by law for holding and conducting and canvassing the returns of an election. The proceeds of the tax hereby authorized must be used exclusively for the purpose of acquiring by purchase, lease, or otherwise, or the construction, equipment, maintenance and operation of said county hospital and shall be expended for said purposes by and under the direction, supervision and control of the county governing body.

Amendment 72 ratified

Special Tax for Hospital and Public Health Purposes in Counties Except Mobile, Montgomery and Jefferson.

If the tax is authorized by vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the county who participate in any election called for that purpose, the governing body of every county except Mobile, Montgomery and Jefferson counties must levy and collect, in addition to all other taxes authorized by law, a special county tax, not exceeding four mills on each dollar of taxable property in the county to be used solely for acquiring, by purchase, lease, or otherwise, constructing, operating, equipping, or maintaining county hospitals, or other public hospitals, non-profit hospitals and public health facilities. An election may be called at any time by the governing body of the county, and must be called within three months of receipt of a petition, signed by not less than five percent of the qualified electors of the county, requesting that the election be called. The election shall be conducted in the manner which the governing body of the county prescribes.

Source: Alabama Constitution 1901, (accessed October 18, 2021)

Subject Matter:

To decide on a specific tax for county hospitals or public health purposes

Actors

Author:
Citizens
Initiator:
Citizens
Decision maker:
Local electorate

Requirements

Number Of Signatures:
County hospitals: 100; Health purposes: 5%
Available Time:
Not mentioned in legal source
Turnout Quorum:
None
Approval Quorum:
Majority of voters
Geographical Quorum:
None
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Health purpose - referendum must be called within 3 months of receipt of a petition

Procedural Elements

Collection Mode:
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Wording Of Ballot Question:
Interaction With Authorities:
Supervision And Support:
Transparency And Finance:

Practice

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