Results of four statewide amendments and two local amendments have been finalized.
Cullman County voters did not approve an amendment to allow the sheriff and revenue commissioner to participate in the state retirement system.
An amendment to prohibit enactment of an occupational tax in Cullman County was approved by 63 percent of voters.
AMENDMENT ONE: Clarifies a constitutional amendment enacted in 2006 that requires all city and county school systems to have a minimum of 10 mills of property taxes to support education. This specifies that county officials won’t withhold any costs for collecting new taxes levied under the 2006 amendment. As originally written, it could have prohibited the withholding of collections costs from other education taxes that expire and are re-enacted later. The final vote was 608,567 voting ‘No’ and 500,733 voting ‘Yes.’
AMENDMENT TWO: Makes it easier for counties to enact a special one mill property tax for education. To be enacted, a tax could be approved by a majority of voters in a county rather than three-fifths of the voters. A majority vote is used in other property tax referendums. The total vote was 604,186 voting against and 550,484 voting in favor.
AMENDMENT THREE: Authorizes taking $100 million per year for 10 years from a state savings account and using the money to build roads and bridges in every county. The $1 billion would come from the Alabama Trust Fund, which receives revenue from natural gas wells drilled in state-owned waters along the Alabama coast. Voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 700,856 to 527,903.
AMENDMENT FOUR: Prohibits any city located entirely outside of Blount County from imposing any regulation, including taxes and zoning, on its police jurisdiction that extends into the county. This amendment is aimed at Warrior in Jefferson County because Warrior’s police jurisdiction extends into Blount County. A second, identical constitutional amendment is also on the ballot in Blount County only. The prohibition will take effect if either the statewide amendment or the Blount County amendment receives a majority vote. No votes totaled 473,381 to 466,219 voting yes.