Effective with the term of office beginning in January 2013, the Judge of Probate of Winston County shall be compensated on a salary basis paid in equal monthly installments from the general fund of the county. The initial annual salary of the judge of probate shall be equal to 80 percent of the annual compensation paid by the state to the district court judge of the county on the date of the ratification of this amendment. Thereafter, any increases in compensation shall be applied pursuant to Chapter 2A of Title 11, Code of Alabama 1975.
The Winston County Commission shall provide for operating expenses of the office of judge of probate pursuant to general law.
All fees, commissions, allowances, percentages, and other charges allocable to the Judge of Probate of Winston County shall be collected, but shall be paid into the general fund of Winston County.
The judge of probate shall perform all duties relating to the issuance of motor vehicle license plates in the county and shall perform all duties relating to the assessment and collection of ad valorem taxes on motor vehicles, which have heretofore been performed by the revenue commissioner. The revenue commissioner is relieved of all duties and responsibilities relating to the assessment and collection of taxes on motor vehicles. The judge of probate shall receive the commissions and fees currently allocated to the revenue commissioner for performing these functions, and these fees and commissions shall be remitted to the county general fund. Reporting and remitting of the collections of these fees shall be made by the judge of probate or as otherwise required by law.
This constitutional amendment, after its ratification, shall become effective the beginning of the next term of office of the judge of probate.