Alabamians should join in the efforts of Americans for Citizens Rights (ACR) to stand up for common sense in Alabama government. Conservatives can find a wealth of information in Citizens Alert; to see just how far down the slippery slope we’ve gone. Conservatives need to “Occupy Alabama” by standing up and speaking out.
We’re so involved in fighting the good fight against Progressivism in Washington; that it’s crept in and gained ground in our backyard. The much maligned Constitution of Alabama puts it in plain English; “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.” Can we get an amen? We have gone very far and very much awry of this aim.
Why are our county commissioners trying to bleed every last penny out of the citizens of Alabama? Why are they cooperating with the UN’s Agenda 21 program to help unburden Alabamians of their property? These are questions that demand answers, but sadly conservatives sit idle, while their wallets get lighter.
One prime example of this would be the robber barons of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA). The ACCA is a shadowy club funded in violation of the Alabama Constitution. It is financed by leeching off property tax revenues to promote it’s agenda of land use restrictions, zoning, and local tax authority (home rule schemes).
They “strive for the consolidation of such powers in the hands of the county commissions”, in effect creating what the ACR calls “Property Czars”. These czars would enforce their progressive agenda and environmental policy without regard to the Constitution or the citizenry.
The ACCA championed 10 new taxes in it’s 2010 legislative agenda:
- “Amend Alabama law to authorize counties to levy local business license on any business that is not required to purchase a state business license under state general law.”
- “Authorize county commissions through a constitutional amendment to levy ad valorem taxes for county general fund, road and bridge, public building, and local school purposes.”
- “Authorize county commissions to levy any taxes not prohibited by the constitution, with the proceeds being distributed as provided by the county commissions.”
- “Amend Alabama law to increase taxes collected for the recording of deeds and mortgages with proceeds being used for county general fund purposes.”
- “Amend Alabama law to authorize county governments to equalize local sales tax rates in the unincorporated areas at the rate established in the largest municipality in the county.”
- “Amend Alabama law to authorize county commissions to levy local lease taxes with the proceeds being used for county general fund purposes.”
- “ACCA strongly opposes any legislation that would restrict the annual reappraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes.” They oppose “..any effort to restrict or prohibit annual reappraisal by local act or local constitutional amendment.” They oppose”…any effort by the Administration or Department of Revenue to provide by Executive Order or agency rule that the move towards annual reappraisal in all counties be suspended or repealed.”
- The ACCA supports “…legislation to increase the cost of vehicle or truck registration and tag fees provided that a substantial portion of the additional revenue is earmarked for county and road bridge projects.”
- The ACCA “…strongly supports the revision of Alabama’s century old Constitution…” They’ve pledged to be an active part of the effort to change it. “…ACCA believes any revision shall include self governance powers for county government.” This would strip citizens of their power to vote down tax increases and control property development.
- “Amend Alabama law to authorize the Alabama Department of Revenue and Alabama’s local governments to enter into agreements for the conducting of joint audits of taxpayers subject to state and local sales, use, tobacco, leasing, rental, gasoline, and other transaction taxes.” This is nothing more than a desire to create a county IRS agecy. Scary thought!
The ACCA is tax hungry and “…opposes any tax reform measures that retard or stop the growth of any revenues of counties from any source.” One example of not so friendly leadership is their opposition to the open bid process and reparations for Alabamians wronged by them.
The ACCA opposes amending “…Alabama law to allow parties to initiate legal action against county government with the possibility that the party can collect attorney’s fees from the county government should it be found to have acted improperly .” They oppose “…any administrative action by state agencies or departments that result in county governments being held responsible for legal expenses.” Be very afraid Alabama and wake up to this matter.
Your veiw, opinion, and rights mean very little to the ACCA. They oppose “any effort to establish a procedure for citizens to initiate the repeal or amendment of local laws, general statutes, or amendments impacting county government or actions of the county governing body by petition, referendum, or other means.” Laymans terms- they want to walk all over you and have you powerless against it.The taxpayers are footing the bill for the ACCA to lobby for higher taxes and less freedom.
In 2009 alone, $459,704 in property taxes went to pay commissions dues. Their acknowledged income was $1,295,986 for this period. ACR reports that the head of the ACCA took home an annual income of $125,000 plus benefits. Pretty good life on our dime.
Imagine how much better off our counties would be; if these revenues weren’t being siphoned off for illegal uses. Isn’t it time to take a stand Alabama? Get in touch with your county commissioner and demand accountability! The dime you save may be your own.