Section 11-29-6

Distribution of fund capital; purposes for which counties may use funds.

The fund capital shall be distributed to the several counties of the state and shall be paid on April 15 of the fiscal year for which each annual appropriation is made as follows:

Part of the funds to be paid to counties that is equal to 45.45 percent of the total of such portion shall be allocated equally among the 67 counties of the state; and the entire residue of the portion to be paid to counties, being an amount equal to 54.55 percent of such portion, shall be allocated among the 67 counties of the state on the basis of the ratio of the population of each county to the total population of the state according to the then next preceding federal decennial census or, prior to the effective date of the 1990 decennial census, any special federal census held in any county subsequent to the effective date of the 1980 federal decennial census and prior to the adoption hereof. Such funds shall only be used by counties for the following purposes:

a. Public buildings; counties may expend such funds for the construction, furnishing, equipping, and renovation of public buildings including, without limitation, jails, courthouses and courthouse annexes, juvenile facilities, and paying rentals to public corporations for the use of public buildings. Such funds may also be expended for the purpose of purchasing land for public buildings.

b. Solid waste; counties may expend such funds for the purchase of land for sanitary landfills, the purchase of solid waste handling and disposal equipment including collection vehicles and landfill compaction equipment, and other solid waste handling and disposal equipment and/or facilities.

c. Public utilities; counties may expend such funds for public water and waste water treatment facilities and drainage facilities. Such expenditures may include the purchase of land and rights-of-way, and the purchase of equipment and supplies necessary for the installation and maintenance of such public facilities.

d. Roads and bridges; up to 50 percent of the funds received by counties may be expended for the construction, maintenance, reconstruction, restoration, or resurfacing of county roads and bridges.

e. Bonds and warrants; counties may expend such funds for the payment of any valid obligation of a county that is evidenced by bonds, notes, warrants, or other instruments now or hereafter authorized by law to be issued for any of the purposes enumerated in clauses a, b, c, and d of this paragraph.

f. Public health; counties may expend funds for the operation and maintenance of the county health department.

g. Pensions and security; counties may expend funds for the operation and maintenance of the county human resources department.

(Acts 1986, No. 86-206, p. 269, §6; Act 98-499, p. 1075, §1.)