Many lawmakers believe counties could benefit by having one office do everything two offices do now when it comes to handling money. Madison County Chairman Dale Strong favors consolidating the tax collector’s and tax assessor’s office. First, a decision must be made about what to do and that will cost you money. Madison County has two offices affecting people’s wallets. One is the Tax Assessor’s. It is the keeper of records. It places value on property. The other is the Tax Collector’s. It gets your money.
“I believe a more efficient government is essential. A leaner government is essential,” said Strong.
Strong thinks combining the offices will get both. Governor Robert Bentley wouldn’t mind seeing the same type of consolidation in every county. He signed into law permission for counties to let voters decide
Madison County leaders are considering holding a special election this fall. The estimated cost of the special election is $300,000.