Section 11-51-124

Railroads.

(a) The maximum amount of privilege or license tax which the several municipalities within this state may annually assess and collect of persons operating railroads in this state as common carriers for the privilege of doing intrastate business within the limits of such municipalities, whether such companies are incorporated under the laws of this state or any other state or whether incorporated at all or not, is hereby prescribed and fixed as follows:

(1) In municipalities of not more than 250 inhabitants, $10.00;

(2) In municipalities having a population of more than 250 and not exceeding 500, $15.00;

(3) In municipalities having a population of more than 500 and not exceeding 750, $20.00;

(4) In municipalities having a population of more than 750 and not exceeding 1,000, $25.00;

(5) In municipalities having a population of more than 1,000 and not exceeding 5,000, $25.00 for the first 1,000 inhabitants and $25.00 for each additional 1,000 inhabitants or a majority fraction thereof;

(6) In municipalities having a population of more than 5,000 and not exceeding 10,000, $25.00 for the first 1,000 inhabitants and $30.00 for each additional 1,000 or majority fraction thereof; and

(7) In municipalities having a population of more than 10,000, $25.00 for the first 1,000 inhabitants and $35.00 for each additional 1,000 inhabitants or majority fraction thereof; provided, however, that in no case shall any municipality assess or collect such a privilege or license tax exceeding $2,000.00.

(b) In arriving at the amount of privilege or license tax which may be assessed and collected under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the population of the several cities and towns shall be computed and based upon the federal census next preceding the year for which such license tax is assessed from year to year; provided, that if a municipality should be incorporated subsequent to any federal census, the population shown in the charter of incorporation shall determine the amount of the license due until the next federal census shall find and declare such population.

(Acts 1935, No. 194, p. 256; Code 1940, T. 37, §740.)