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Moulton Council OKs resolution opposing economic commission proposal

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — Moulton City Council members Monday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a proposed bill to set up a Lawrence County Economic Development Commission.

The bill, endorsed by the county's state legislative delegation, calls for the commission to be funded by an increase in in-lieu of tax money the Tennessee Valley Authority pays.

TVA funds formerly were divided evenly among all 67 Alabama counties. Lawrence County received a 3 percent increase in TVA payments this year because of a gradual decrease in payments going to dry South Alabama counties that TVA does not serve.

That 3 percent increase amounts to about $30,000, according to County Administrator Linda Harville. The county received about $800,000 in TVA funds this year that are partially distributed to the Lawrence County Board of Education and municipalities.

Moulton received $16,541.

"(The legislative delegation) wants to put it in a special fund that they have control over rather than giving it to the county, cities and the Board of Education," said Mayor Ray Alexander. "... That money has already been dispersed to pre-existing agencies. It's just going to give them more money to add to their slush fund."

Lawrence County Chairman Mose Jones said he plans to ask commission members to approve a county resolution opposing the bill April 23.

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