Section 45-19-240

Consolidation of unified system.

(a) At the expiration of the terms of office, or if a vacancy occurs in either the office of Tax Assessor or the office of Tax Collector of Coosa County before such date, then immediately upon the occurrence of such vacancy there shall be the office of county revenue commissioner in Coosa County. If such office is established upon the occurrence of a vacancy in either the office of tax assessor of tax collector, then the tax assessor or tax collector, as the case may be, remaining in office shall be the county revenue commissioner for the remainder of the term for which he or she was elected tax assessor or tax collector, as the case may be. A revenue commissioner shall be elected at an election called for the purpose and every six years thereafter. He or she shall serve for a term of office of six years from the first day of the term next succeeding his or her election and until his or her successor is similarly elected, qualified, and takes office.

(b) The county revenue commissioner shall do and perform all acts, duties, and functions required by law to be performed either by the tax assessor or by the tax collector of the county relative to the assessment of property for ad valorem taxation, the collection of such taxes, the keeping of records, and the making of reports concerning assessments for and the collection of taxes.

(c) Subject to the approval of the Coosa County Commission, the county revenue commissioner shall appoint and fix the duties and compensation of a sufficient number of deputies, clerks, and assistants to perform properly the duties of his or her office. The acts of deputies shall have the same force and legal effect as if performed by the county revenue commissioner.

(d) Before entering upon the duties of his or her office the county revenue commissioner shall take the oath of office prescribed by Article XVI of the Constitution of Alabama, and execute a bond in such sum as may be fixed by the Coosa County Commission, giving as security thereon a bonding company authorized to do business in Alabama. The bond shall be conditioned as other official bonds are conditioned and shall be approved by and filed with the judge of probate. The cost of the bond required herein shall be paid out of the general funds of the county on warrant of the Coosa County Commission.

(e) The Coosa County Commission shall provide the necessary offices for the county revenue commissioner in the courthouse, and shall provide all stationery, equipment, and office supplies, not otherwise furnished by law, needed for the efficient performance of the duties of the office.

(f) The county revenue commissioner shall collect and pay into the general fund of the county all fees, percentages, commissions, and other allowances which the tax assessor and the tax collector are now or hereafter by law authorized or directed to charge or collect for the performance of any duty imposed by law on any such officers and hereby transferred to and imposed on the county revenue commissioner. As compensation for performance of the duties of his or her office, the revenue commissioner shall receive a salary of not less than twenty-seven thousand five hundred dollars ($27,500), payable in 12 equal monthly installments.

(g) The offices of Tax Assessor and Tax Collector of Coosa County are hereby abolished effective on the first day of the term to which the county revenue commissioner is elected, or on such earlier date as is prescribed in subsection (a) if a vacancy occurs in either the office of tax assessor or tax collector.

(h) It is the purpose of this section to conserve revenue and promote the public convenience in Coosa County by consolidating the offices of tax assessor and tax collector of such county into one county office.

(i) If the office of tax assessor or tax collector should become vacant between the time of ratification of this section by the electors of Coosa County and the expiration of the term of office of either the tax assessor or tax collector, this section shall become effective immediately.

(Act 84-431, p. 1009, §§1-8, 10.)