The third TVA in-lieu-of tax bill since 2015 has been  passed. 

  The new bill allows for the distribution of the $1,058,271.89 which has been held in the Legislative Delegation’s Critical Needs (Discretionary) Fund since 2015, when several non profit appropriations were cut. However, the bill does not address the repayment of the $200,554.53, which was taken from the fund,  for the purchase of the Legislative Delegation building, located at 100 E. Peachtree Street. In May, 2014 an agreement was made that the office would see when the last month of rent was paid out and would retroactively pay $1,900 month beginning in May for repayment of the funds back into the critical needs account. However, payments were ceased in April, 2016, leaving a balance of $151,154.53.  
In September, 2015 during one of the last discretionary committee meetings Senator Steve Livingston stated, “Eventually all this money will end up in Matthew’s [Hodges] (former commission chairman) hands, that’s the whole intention.” He further stated at that time, “The original formula is the only way I knew to solve this problem. It gets this board out.”
However, the original TVA formula was created by the State of Alabama where all funding was given to the counties to use at their discretion. Jackson County passed a local law in 1979 that allowed for monies to be split between the county, cities and schools. Several local laws have been created in its place since that time.
The new law allows for a one time distribution to be paid as follows: $393,353.43 to the Jackson County EDA in addition to their annual appropriation in the amount of $105,000 along with the 2 percent received from remaining funds; $360,000 to be split equally between the Jackson County Schools and Scottsboro City Schools for providing computers and technology in the classrooms, in addition to the 36 percent received annually; $10,000 to the Ernest Pruett Center of Technology; $30,000 to the Impact Learning Center; $30,000 to Roseberry Rescue; $25,000 to be divided equally between five libraries; $24,000 to be divided between community feeding centers; $27,000 to be divided between community centers; $15,000 to the Jackson County Conservation District; $10,000 to the Jackson County Council on Aging; $10,000 to the ARC of Jackson County; $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club; $5,000 to the Michael Scott Learning Center; $5,000 to CASA; $100,000 to the SenioRx program. Any remaining funds will be transferred to the operating account of the Legislative Delegation Office, and the Critical Needs fund shall be closed.  According to the numbers approximately $3,900 will be transferred to the operating account. According to records approximately $6.4 million was received from TVA in lieu of tax monies during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Livingston stated that although the schools’ portion of this onetime payment specifically stated “for providing computers and technology in classrooms,” it could be used for security measures in schools such as door locks, keyless entry, and security cameras.
Scottsboro Superintendent Jay Reyes stated, “I feel our greatest security need is individuals properly trained in the area of law enforcement in schools. Security measures such as keyless entry and being sure all doors are locked and requiring visitors to buzz in does provide a layer of security. However, our number one need is trained persons in the schools. Jackson County Superintendent Kevin Dukes stated, “We always welcome funds for technology. We were not contacted about how this money could be best used in our school system. I think school resource officers  would have been much more beneficial to our system at this time.”

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