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Scottsboro approves refinancing bond issues Thursday, 19 September 2019 16:28

Brad Green from Raymond James presented a refinancing option to the city at the last Scottsboro City Council work session and regular meeting held on September 9, 2019.

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Nominations now accepted for Chamber Board Thursday, 19 September 2019 16:19

The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce – a nonprofit, board-led business advocate organization with a mission to be the voice of progress in our hometown business community – announced that nominations are now being accepted for six new members to its 2020 Board of Directors.

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25th Annual Industry Appreciation Day activities set Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:44

Registration is now underway for the 26th Annual Industry Appreciation Day, including a golf tournament and dinner to be held at Goose Pond Colony Lake Course on Thursday, October 17th at 12 p.m.

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Governor Kay Ivey last week announced her Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan at a press conference, alongside a host of legislators, stakeholder groups and other state and local officials.


The Rebuild Alabama plan proposes a 10-cent increase in Alabama’s fuel tax with an index designed to coincide with the rising costs of building roads. The state currently imposes a flat excise tax of 18 cents-per-gallon on gas and 19 cents-per-gallon on diesel, without adjusting for inflation and other construction and maintenance costs.
This combined fuel tax revenue generates 80 percent of Alabama’s transportation funding. The plan’s 10-cent increase will be phased in over the next three years.
New revenue generated by the increase will be dispersed between state, county, and municipal governments in Alabama. These funds are to be used for transportation infrastructure improvement, preservation and maintenance projects. A separate portion of the revenues will go to pay a bond to be issued to finance improvements to the ship channel providing access to the facilities of the Alabama State Docks.
“My Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan is a comprehensive approach to a glaring issue affecting citizens in every corner of the state,” Governor Ivey said. “After 27 years of stagnation, adequate funding is imperative to fixing our many roads and bridges in dire need of repair. By increasing our investment in infrastructure, we are also making a direct investment in public safety, economic development, and the prosperity of our state.”
A 2019 report by the University of Alabama’s Alabama Transportation Institute and Alabama Transportation Policy Research Center found that cars and trucks are putting approximately 69 billion miles on Alabama’s roadways annually, a 17 percent increase over the past 15 years.
According to TRIP, a national transportation research group, 30 percent of major roads and highways in Alabama are in poor or mediocre condition because of inadequate state and local funding. In 2015, Alabama’s roads received a D+ grade in a report card released by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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28 Sep 2019
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30 Sep 2019
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