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Funding election set for Sept. 18

Published 4:09pm Friday, September 7, 2012

Chilton County residents will be among those voting on an amendment to the Alabama Constitution on Sept. 18.

The amendment pertains to the transfer of funds from the Trust Fund to the General Fund.

Absentee ballots are available at the Chilton County Circuit Clerk’s and Absentee Election Manager’s Office in Room 304 of the courthouse for the Sept. 18 Constitutional Amendment Election, according to a press release.

Any qualified elector may vote by mail or in person at the Absentee Election Manager’s office if he or she makes application in writing no fewer than five days prior to the election and meets one of the following requirements:

•The person will be out of the county or state on Election Day.

•The person has any physical illness or infirmity that prevents his or her attendance at the polls.

•The person works a shift that has at least 10 hours that coincide with the hours the polls are open at his or her regular polling place.

•The person is enrolled as a student at an educational institution located outside the county of his or her personal residence that prevents his or her attendance at the polls.

•The person is a member of, or spouse or dependant of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, or is similarly qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42, U.S.C. 1973ff.

An applicant for an absentee ballot who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Alabama National Guard, the United States Naval Reserves, the United States Air Force Reserves and the United States Army Reserve on active duty, or active duty training, or an applicant who is the spouse of any member of the Armed Forces or any other applicant qualified to vote absentee pursuant to the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff, may apply for an absentee ballot by filling out the federal postcard application form, authorized and provided for under the provisions of the Federal Voting Assistance Act.

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  • kittycreek

    I will be voting YES. It’s too late to try and put other solutions on the table now.

    We will lose millions in federal matching funds for Medicaid if we do not fund it quickly.

    The state has already had massive budget cuts in the past few years. More cuts will mean vital healthcare services to our children and elderly will be lost; jobs will be lost; and the economy will suffer even more.

    No matter what your political ideologies are; this referendum needs to pass. You can decide which politicians you’re mad at when the time to vote for them rolls around!

    Please vote YES for the good of your fellow citizens of Alabama.

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    • Will Ray

      It’s rare that I would agree with you, but I do this time. As I understand it, the trust fund in question is for a “rainy day”. I wonder how deep the water has got to get before folks realize that it has been “raining”? Also, the fund is continuously re-funding itself as oil and gas are continuously being produced and the prices on both are high. I’d much rather see the fund used rather than giving the lawmakers an excuse to raise income/sales/property/other taxes to make up for the shortfall with new sources of revenue. As it stands right now, the only folks benefitting from the trust fund are those with whom it is invested or are otherwise holding the funds. I have no problem with those folks making a profit, but we the people need to benefit from it right now. I’ll vote yes.

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  • jlmclean

    I did. And my comment was posted and then next day only your comment was shown. Just Vote No. Borrowing, or most likely stealing from Peter to pay Paul just don’t get the job done.

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  • Phil Burnette

    Vote yes! Other actions can be taken but before they can be agreed upon and put into effect proration will happen and all agencies will lose. Each bad effect I cited in my post of Sep 7 will occur along with many others. This measure is not an ideal solution but a necessary stop gap until better measures can be set in place.

    If you had money in your personal savings account and someone came to repossess your car or home would you let them take it or would you use some of that money to save what you had? Think of who will suffer if this does not pass – us taxpayers due to loss of services, the elderly and inform due to loss of medical services, homeowners as property taxes and insurance costs will rise with less fire protection, etc.

    Think! Vote yes!

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  • jlmclean

    Very interesting that your publication removes comments which are contrary to staff writers. But it is your press and we do live under a constitution which allows freedpm of the press.. therefore line the sheep up and help the politicians lead them to slaughter. And by all means do not demand they be held accountable to their constituents.

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    • Phil Burnette

      Since you obviously did not notice the message that appears immediately after you post something here, comments are held for moderator review before appearing online. This is due to some people in the past who sought nothing other than to start fights and otherwise cause trouble.

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  • jlmclean

    Just vote NO. Enough is enough and it is time the people we elected are held accountable for their actions or lack of action. It is time to cut out waste and corruption and take care of the people’s business. Send the Legislators a message that we are fed up and ain’t gonna take it any more. If they get their hands on the Trust Fund Money it will be gone forever, just as it was the last time they robbed it. They have rode the backs of our school children and senior citizens forever just to get elected and now it is time to shut up and do what it takes to get the job done right. If it means raising taxes, go for it. Bentley’s word is already in the mud as broken promises, the day he hired Ron Sparks is proof of that.

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  • Phil Burnette

    Voters need to do some honest research and ask medical professionals about the impact a no vote will have. Doctors will leave the state and hospitals and nursing homes will cut services and/or close if the shortfall is not addressed. This may not be the best way of doing so but it is the best immediately available solution to protect the elderly and infirm. Would you vote no if it were your spouse, parent or child facing lesser care or possible death due to cuts when a yes vote could prevent those cuts and help your loved one?

    If this referendum does not pass we will lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal matching funds. Pharmacies will close, making it harder to get needed medicines. Jobs will be lost. DHR workers could lose their jobs, endangering children. Corrections officers will lose their jobs. Prisons will close and inmates will be released.

    Court staffing will be reduced, further slowing trials. Rural fire departments will lose funding and possibly cose, increasing your risk and insurance costs.

    According to the Legislative Fiscal Office, in three years, after the funds transfer from the savings account (so called “rainy day fund”) to the General Fund has ended, the account will have 2.7 billion in it. It has 2.4 billion now. So we would have a net GAIN of $300,000,000 dollars!

    Do you REALLY want to vote no or do you want to address our problems NOW and PREVENT loss of needed services and protections? VOTE YES!!!!

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