(a) Initial financing statement or other record: General rule. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e), and except that no filing fee is required for the filing of a termination statement pursuant to Section 7-9A-513, the fee for filing and indexing a record under this part is:
(1) $20.00 if the record is communicated in writing and consists of one or two pages;
(2) $20.00 plus $2.00 for each page more than two if the record is communicated in writing and consists of more than two pages; and
(3) $15.00 if the record is communicated by another medium authorized by filing-office rule.
(b) Initial financing statement: Manufactured-housing transactions: Section 7-9A-502(c). Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), the fee for filing and indexing an initial financing statement of the kind described in Section 7-9A-502(c) is $10.00 if the financing statement indicates that it is filed in connection with a manufactured-home transaction.
(c) Number of names. The number of names required to be indexed does not affect the amount of the fee in subsection (a) or (b) of this section.
(d) Response to information request. The fee for responding to a request for information from the filing office, including for issuing a certificate showing whether there is on file any financing statement naming a particular debtor, is:
(1) $20.00 if the request is communicated in writing; and
(2) $15.00 if the request is communicated by another medium authorized by filing-office rule.
The fees described in subdivisions (1) and (2) shall apply to each debtor named submitted in the request where the request seeks information on more than one debtor. An additional fee of $100.00 shall be required where the request for information requests expedited response by the Secretary of State.
(e) Record of mortgage. This section does not require a fee with respect to a mortgage which is effective as a financing statement filed as a fixture filing or as a financing statement covering as-extracted collateral or timber to be cut under Section 7-9A-502(c). However, the recording and satisfaction fees that otherwise would be applicable to the mortgage apply.
(f) Use of non-standard form. A fee of $5.00 shall be required in addition to the fees set forth in subsections (a), (b), and (d) where the filing or request is submitted in a non-standard form.
(g) Proration of fees.
(1) If the first mailing address of the debtor or debtors on the initial finance statement is located in a county in Alabama, $5.00 of the filing fee associated with the filing of the financing statement in the office of the Secretary of State shall be rebated to the probate judge of the county where the address is located. This rebate shall begin January 1, 2002, and lapse after December 31, 2011.
(2) The balance of the fee shall be paid to the General Fund of the State of Alabama, a portion to be allocated to the office of the Secretary of State as provided in subsection (j).
(h) Uniform Commercial Code Fund. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a fund to be known and designated as the Uniform Commercial Code Fund. All funds, fees, charges, costs, and collections accruing to or collected by the office of the Secretary of State under the provisions of this section, except fees rebated to probate judges pursuant to subsection (g), shall be deposited into the State Treasury to the credit of the Uniform Commercial Code Fund except as provided in subsection (j).
(i) Use of funds. All funds now or hereafter deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Uniform Commercial Code Fund shall be expended for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the law authorizing the collection of such funds and shall be payable from said fund on the requisition of the Secretary of State; provided, however, commencing in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2003, and in subsequent fiscal years, no funds shall be withdrawn nor expended for any purpose whatsoever unless the same shall have been allotted and budgeted in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of Chapter 4 of Title 41, and only in the amounts and for the purposes provided by the Legislature in the general appropriation bill.
(j) Allocation of fees. From July 1, 2001, through December 31, 2001, 81 percent of all fees collected in accordance with this section by the Secretary of State shall be deposited to the credit of the State General Fund for the credit of the Secretary of State to use for the implementation of this article. There shall be no change in fees collected by the office of the judge of probate from July 1, 2001, through December 31, 2001.
From January 1, 2002, through September 30, 2002, and in subsequent fiscal years, 81 percent of total funds collected in accordance with this section or any fees collected in direct relation to the Uniform Commercial Code during that period shall be deposited to the credit of the State General Fund.