A bill in the Alabama House would levy an additional ad
valorem tax on motor vehicles to improve transit in the county that includes
The Jefferson County legislative delegation is scheduled to
vote this week on a bill that would raise about $40 million to expand bus
service, add dedicated transit lanes to highways, build park-and-ride lots and
resume trolley service in Birmingham.
Sponsored by Rep. George Perdue, D-Birmingham, the bill is
designed to provide a steady funding source to secure more than $80 million in
transit funding that U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, has set aside, The Birmingham
News reported. Federal transit funding could reach $750 million over the
Supporters of the measure say improved transit is needed to
get more people to jobs and school. Opponents said the bill is designed to
strip money and power away from Birmingham and allow the suburbs to control the
The bill – HB512 – would increase tag fees for commercial
vehicles by 5 percent and fees for personal vehicles would go up 3.75 percent.
Fees, which would be tax-deductible, would be based on the vehicle’s taxable
If approved by lawmakers in the House and Senate, it would
still have to get local voter approval to take effect.