Special Election to Establish Madison Co. Revenue Department Sept. 10

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - On September 10 registered voters in Madison County will decide if the Madison County Tax Collector and Tax Assessor elected offices will be consolidated into one elected office as the Madison County Revenue Commissioner.

Out of 67 Alabama counties, there are only 11 including Madison County who have yet to go the way of the revenue department.

Butler County reported a savings of $55,000 in just the year after establishing a revenue office. Shelby County, a government more comparable to Madison County, reported vast improvements in efficiency not to mention salary savings after consolidating their tax departments.

“I support 100% the abolishment of the tax assessor’s and tax collector’s office to create a revenue office,” says Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

Some commissioners, namely Bob Harrison, were at first in support of a slower approach to the potential transition asking if the vote could be postponed until the general 2014 election cycle to avoid the estimated $300,000 cost of putting on a special election.

Dale Strong, though, characterizes the allowance of voters to make the decision as an opportunity for increased efficiency and savings in the long run for Madison County.

“Our legislative body has been great in getting this legislation so the registered voters can determine the direction they desire to go, so we’re going to place it on the ballot and let them decide,” says Strong.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot or to vote absentee in person is Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. The ballot must be returned by Sept. 9, hand delivered by the voter; or if mailed, it must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.

The last day to register or make a name or address change to vote in special election is Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained on the 2nd floor of the Madison County Courthouse, Room 217, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or an absentee ballot application can be filled out on-line and then printed.

Residents may take their application and voter identification in person to the Absentee Voting office on the 2nd floor of the Madison County Courthouse, and cast a ballot or mail the application to Absentee Election Manager, Madison County Courthouse, Room 217, 100 Northside Square Huntsville, AL 35801 and you will receive a ballot in the mail.

For more information, call 256-532-3380 or email absenteevote@madisoncountyal.gov.

Click here to view a sample ballot.

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