Administrative session set for today
by JAMES PHILLIPS
Mar 27, 2013 | 1347 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Commission has scheduled an administrative session for today to discuss several issues.

The informal meeting will be in the commission’s board room at 10 a.m. District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said he expects the group to discuss waste management, county property, coal tax distribution and supernumerary retirement.

“Those few items will probably take us all day,” Davis said.

Coal severance tax distribution was discussed at the group’s meeting on March 18. Two commissioners, Dan Wright (District 2) and Bobby Nunnelley (District 3) have proposed changing the way the tax is divided. The two introduced the idea of dividing the funds by road miles in each district.

District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt said during the meeting that he was strongly opposed to the idea.

A decision on the issue was tabled until the commission’s next meeting on April 1.

A proposal to end supernumerary retirement was also discussed on March 18 and a decision was tabled until April 1.

Walker County is one of five counties in the state that does not give certain elected officials access to the Retirement Systems of Alabama for their retirement. Currently, officials such as the sheriff, probate judge and revenue commissioner pay into a fund for their retirement. When they no longer serve the county, they are appointed to a supernumerary position and are paid from that account by the county.

The change being considered by commissioners would eliminate supernumerary positions in the county and allow those officials and other elected officials to pay into the RSA the same as all other county employees.

When the issue was brought up, commissioners voted unanimously to table it, saying they needed more time to consider the change.

The administrative session is open to the public. Commissioners are expected to receive comments from citizens.