Code of Alabama § 40-3-8 - Proration of Compensation Payments; Employment of Staff; Inventory of Property Authorized; Authority to Contribute to Cost of Inventory; Offices, Supplies, Etc., in Certain Counties

Section 40-3-8

Proration of compensation payments; employment of staff; inventory of property authorized; authority to contribute to cost of inventory; offices, supplies, etc., in certain counties.

(a) In every county except a county subject to subsection (b) of this section, the compensation of the members of any board of equalization and adjustments, as provided in Section 40-3-7, shall be paid 22 1/2 percent by the state, 38 3/4 percent by the county and 38 3/4 percent by the largest municipality in the county.

(b) This subsection shall apply to any county of the state having a population of 600,000 or more according to the last or any subsequent federal census.

In each county subject to this subsection, the compensation of the members of any board of equalization and adjustments, as provided in Section 40-3-7, shall be paid 22 1/2 percent by the state, 38 3/4 percent by the county and 38 3/4 percent by the largest municipality in the county.

(c) The compensation of the members of the several county boards of equalization as provided for in Section 40-3-7 shall be paid one third by the state, one third by the county and one third by any municipality in the county in which the total assessed value of all taxable property is equal to or greater than 50 percent of the total assessed value of all taxable property located in the county. In those counties where there is no city in which the total assessed value of the taxable property is equal to or greater than 50 percent of the total taxable property of the county, then the compensation of the members of the county board of equalization, as provided in Section 40-3-7, shall be paid one half by the state and one half by the county.

(d) The county board of equalization of any county is hereby authorized and empowered to employ such appraisers, engineers, stenographers, clerks, or assistants as may be necessary for the performance of the duties which may be required of said boards of equalization, subject however to all the provisions of any merit system law now or hereafter in effect in said county; and, provided further, that the number of persons to be employed by the board of equalization shall be subject to the approval of the county commission or like governing body and the state Commissioner of Revenue; and, provided further, that if the compensation of said employee is governed by the provisions of any merit system law in effect, then the provisions of said law shall govern, otherwise the compensation of said employee shall be fixed by the county commission or like governing body, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Revenue, all such compensation to be paid in the same manner as the law provides for the payment of compensation to the members of the county board of equalization of said county.

The county board of equalization in any county is further authorized and empowered to provide for an inventory of all property in said county, which inventory shall be under the supervision and control of said board. The state, county, and governing body of all municipalities in said county and all boards of education or boards of school commissioners are hereby authorized to contribute so much of the cost of said inventory as may be approved by the various governing bodies in said county and the board of education or boards of school commissioners; and, in the event the state elects to contribute to the cost of said inventory, the amount to be contributed shall be approved by the state Commissioner of Revenue and the Governor.

In all counties having a population of 140,000 or more according to the last or any subsequent federal census, it shall be the duty of the county commission or other like governing bodies of such counties in this state, to furnish and supply the county boards of equalization with adequate office space, necessary furniture and equipment, all necessary books, maps, stationery, and printed blanks, and transportation or reasonable compensation for transportation expense actually incurred in performance of official duties.

(Acts 1939, No. 143, p. 178; Acts 1939, No. 531, p. 827; Code 1940, T. 51, §95; Acts 1945, No. 462, p. 693, §2; Acts 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 217, p. 299, §5; Acts 1975, No. 441, p. 1057, §1.)

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