Silverhill Council passes resolution at special meeting


SILVERHILL — The Silverhill Town Council voted during a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 26 to pass a resolution adopting a Transportation Plan for the Town.

The resolution is a requirement of the Rebuild Alabama Act, which was passed in March by the State Legislature, increasing the gasoline and undyed diesel excise taxes by 6 cents per gallon affective Sept. 1. An additional 2-cent tax will be levied beginning Oct. 1 of 2020 and 2021 with additional tax adjustments, not to exceed 1-cent per gallon, to be levied effective Oct. 1, 2023 and every other year thereafter on July 1.

Municipalities and county governments throughout the state will receive funding through the tax levy for roadway improvements, repairs, resurfacing, reconstruction or maintenance. The funds could also be used as match monies for any state or federal grant funded projects to perform roadway improvements, repairs, resurfacing, reconstruction or maintenance.

The Rebuild Alabama Act requires all municipalities to pass a resolution by Aug. 31 submitting a transportation plan, but the plan can be amended throughout the fiscal year.

Officials estimated the town will receive approximately $11,000 in 2020 from the tax.

At its meeting Aug. 19, Silverhill Mayor Jared Lyles said the meeting could also be used to address items for the upcoming fiscal year budget, which begins Oct. 1.

The council voted to change its Sept. 2 meeting to Sept. 3 because of the Labor Day holiday.