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Colbert County gas tax bill doesn't make it

The gas tax increase would have been three cents.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 5:24 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2018 7:08 PM

A gas tax increase in Colbert County isn't going to happen after the bill died on Governor Kay Ivey's desk.

Colbert County Commissioners said Ivey indirectly vetoed their bill. It would given commissioners the option to increase Colbert Counties gas tax.

"Their rough and they have always been rough," that's how Colbert County citizen, Rhonda Bishop, described Colbert County roads. "I drive an older car and it makes a lot of noise on these roads. If I had a new car all it would do is mess up the bottom of it."

Alabama’s Constitution doesn’t let counties raise taxes without a referendum or state approval. Commissioners asked the state to sign off on a three cent gas tax increase. The commission believes it would generate 1.5 million annually to fix roads across the county. The state House and Senate passed the bill in the dying days of this year’s session but it died on Governor Kay Ivey’s desk because she didn’t sign it.

"It's a little discouraging. Hopefully the people can make her change her mind," said Colbert County citizen, Kayla Davis.

The news upset Davis who wants to see road repairs. Governor Ivey said she wouldn’t sign any bill increasing taxes unless the public voted on it first. Similar bills did become law without Ivey’s signature but a section of Alabama's Constitution says if a bill is sent to the governor in the last five days of a session and isn’t signed, it dies.

"The ones in town are pretty bad it's about time to do something about them," said Davis.

Davis and everyone else in Colbert County are now waiting on what commissioners will do next, and a public referendum is an option. Colbert County Commissioner, Tommy Barnes, said they are going to be exploring many options over the next year to come up with a plan to fix the roadways.

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