AMENDMENT 463 RATIFIED

Mobile County Bond Issuance.

Section A. As used in this amendment the following terms shall be given the following respective meanings:

"COUNTY" means Mobile county.

"OUTSTANDING WARRANTS" means those two general obligation warrants of the county, each in the principal amount of $1,000,000, dated April 15, 1986 and maturing October 15, 1986, and any of the county's notes, warrants or bonds issued after October 1, 1986 to refund such general obligation warrants.

"SPECIAL TAX" means the annual ad valorem tax at the rate of 65 one-hundredths of 1 per centum (equivalent to 6 1/2 mills on each dollar) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property in the county authorized to be levied by the county by the amendment known as Amendment XVIII [18] to the Constitution of Alabama, as amended by the amendments to the Constitution known as Amendments CLII [152], CCCI [301] and CCCLXIII [363], and also provided for in the Amendments to the Constitution known as Amendments C [100], CXXII [122], CLI [151], CXCIII [193], CXCV [195] [,] CCC [300], and CDXLVII [447].

Section B. The county is hereby authorized to issue from time to time its bonds, not exceeding $14,500,000 in aggregate principal amount, of which not in excess of $2,000,000 in aggregate principal amount shall be issued for the purpose of acquiring and improving, alone or in conjunction with other counties or municipal corporations, certain land located in the county for use by the Department of the Navy of the United States of America; not in excess of $2,000,000 in aggregate principal amount shall be issued for the purpose of acquiring and/or developing land, in one or more locations, for use as one or more industrial parks; not in excess of $500,000 in aggregate principal amount shall be issued for the purpose of constructing and equipping an intergovernmental office and service center for agricultural agencies; not in excess of $3,500,000 in aggregate principal amount shall be issued for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and equipping additions and improvements to the present county courthouse building in the county; not in excess of $4,500,000 in aggregate principal amount shall be issued for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and equipping additions and improvements to the present county jail facilities in the county; and not in excess of $2,000,000 in aggregate principal amount shall be issued for the purpose of refunding all or any portion of the outstanding warrants.

Section C. The county is hereby authorized to issue from time to time its bonds for the purpose of refunding all or any portion of any obligations of the county outstanding as of October 1, 1986 which are payable out of the proceeds of the special tax. Such bonds may be issued in any principal amount so long as the net proceeds of the sale thereof, after payment of expenses of issuance and sale thereof, do not exceed the principal amount of the obligations to be refunded. Part of the cash proceeds paid to the county at the time of the sale of any such refunding bonds as a result of decreased debt service may be used by the governing body of the county to finance salary increases or bonuses for employees of the county, not to exceed five percent (5%) across the board for all employees.

Section D. The aggregate principal amount of all bonds at any time issued under this amendment, when added to the aggregate principal amount of all then outstanding bonds theretofore issued by the county under any other amendment to the Constitution of Alabama that are payable from or secured by the special tax shall not exceed 6 1/2 per centum of the assessed valuation of the taxable property situated in the county as assessed for state taxation for the state tax year next preceding that during which any bonds herein authorized shall be issued.

No bonds may be issued under the authority of this amendment until after the question of the issuance of such bonds shall have been submitted to the qualified electors of the county at any election called for that purpose by the governing body of the county and a majority of the said qualified electors voting at the said election shall have voted in favor of the issuance of such bonds; provided, that if a majority of the qualified electors of the county participating in the election at which this amendment is voted on and voting on the question of the adoption of this amendment shall vote for the adoption thereof, then the approval of this amendment expressed by the said vote in favor of its adoption shall of itself authorize the issuance of the bonds provided for in this amendment and no additional election by the electors of the county shall be required to authorize the issuance of the said bonds. If the majority of the qualified electors of the county participating in the election at which this amendment is voted on and voting on the question of the adoption of this amendment should not vote in favor of the adoption of this amendment, or if the majority of the qualified electors of the county voting at any election called by the governing body of the county under the provisions of this amendment should not vote in favor of the issuance of the bonds proposed at an election so called, the governing body of the county may from time to time call other elections hereunder on the issuance of such bonds, but not more than one such election shall be held during any period of twelve consecutive months. Any such election called by the governing body of the county shall be called, held, conducted and canvassed, and may be contested, in the manner and within the time provided by the then existing general laws of Alabama pertaining to elections on the issuance of bonds by counties.

The bonds issued hereunder shall be general obligations of the county for the payment of the principal of and interest on which the full faith and credit of the county shall be irrevocably pledged, and in addition thereto there shall be irrevocably pledged for payment of the said principal and interest so much of the special tax as may be necessary to pay the said principal and interest at the respective maturities of such bonds, each such pledge to be on a parity with all valid pledges of the special tax at any time heretofore or hereafter made, to such extent as shall not impair the obligation of any than existing valid prior pledges.

Bonds may be issued under this amendment in one or more series, and may bear interest which is tax exempt under the laws of the state of Alabama and the United States of America or which is not exempt from such taxation. Bonds issued hereunder may be sold at either public or private sale in such manner, at such price or prices and at such time or times as may be determined by the governing body of the county to be most advantageous. The principal of each series of bonds issued under this amendment shall mature in annual installments, the first of which installments shall mature not later than three (3) years after the date of the bonds of that series and the last of which shall mature not later than thirty (30) years after the date of the bonds of that series and otherwise may mature in such amounts during each fiscal year of the county as the governing body of the county shall determine, without regard to the limitations set forth in the amendment to the Constitution known as Amendment CLII [152]; provided, that the maturities of each series of bonds issued under this amendment shall be arranged so that the aggregate amount of principal and interest that will mature in any one fiscal year with respect to that series of bonds, and also all other bonds theretofore issued by the county and then outstanding that are payable out of or secured by a pledge of the special tax, shall not exceed the amount of the proceeds collected from the special tax during the then next preceding tax year. Except as herein otherwise provided, all bonds issued under this amendment shall be issued in accordance with, and shall be subject to, the provisions of the general laws of Alabama existing at the time of the issuance of such bonds respecting the sale, execution, issuance and redemption of bonds by counties. The indebtedness evidenced by the bonds issued under this amendment or under any other amendment to the Constitution which are payable out of or are secured by a pledge of the special tax shall be in addition to and shall not be charged against the limitation on the indebtedness of the county provided for in section 224 of the Constitution.

The governing body of the county shall comply with the provisions of the state of Alabama competitive bid law (section 41-16-20, et seq., Code of Alabama of 1975), to the extent such law is applicable.

Section E. So long as the principal of or interest on any of the bonds issued under this amendment remains unpaid, the governing body of the county shall continue the levy of the special tax at such rate as may be sufficient to pay the said principal and interest at their respective maturities; provided, that the total rate of the special tax that may be levied and collected for payment of the said bonds and all other bonds payable out of or secured by a pledge of the special tax shall not exceed the rate at which the county may levy the special tax as fixed under the amendment to the Constitution known as Amendment CDXLVII [447], except to the extent that the said rate may be increased pursuant to provisions of this Constitution hereafter adopted. Such rate shall not be subject to adjustment pursuant to the provisions of the amendment to the Constitution known as Amendment CXCV [195].

Section F. This amendment is not intended to ratify or validate any contractual arrangements heretofore or hereafter entered into with respect to the sale of any bonds issued and sold hereunder.

Section G. The provisions of this amendment shall be self-executing, and authorization from, or other action by, the legislature shall not be a prerequisite to the issuance of bonds hereunder or the levy of the special tax for payment thereof.