County land taxes and where they go

When Chilton County residents pay land taxes, they may not know that those taxes are divided into 10 different categories.

The categories are described as state, municipal, schools, fire, rescue, general fund, sheriff fund, gasoline tax fund, trade school and road and bridge.

According to Commissioner Steve Langston, if a resident pays $500 in land taxes, $79.13 of that total would go toward the maintenance of roads and bridges in the county.

That money comes from the combination of the road and bridge category and the gasoline tax fund.

However, those two categories only equate to slightly more than 15 percent of a person’s land tax.

Schools receive the highest portion of the property tax breakdown at nearly 28 percent followed by 18.5 percent going to the general fund and the state receiving close to 15 percent.

Residents also pay an average of $3.03 in straight gas tax that comes to Chilton County.

Getting everyone on the same page is a goal for Langston and the Chilton County Commission as a whole.

The breakdown is intended to create a higher level of transparency between the Commission and the residents they look out for.

“The reason we’re putting it out now is to inform the people,” Langston said.

The commissioners are county residents themselves and have experienced their own learning curves, especially those new to the position.

“A lot of people just don’t understand where their money goes for land taxes,” Langston said. “When I was a citizen I didn’t know where the money went either, nor did I understand. When I got elected, that was one of the first things that I wanted to know.”

Since Langston was voted onto the Commission, some of the popular questions he is asked by residents pertain to land taxes and why they are not seeing a direct benefit in road improvement after paying those taxes.

“Some people assume that if they pay $500 in land taxes, that it goes straight to the Commission office, but it’s actually collected and then goes to the different entities,” Langston said.

To help answer these questions, Langston always carries around copies of an example of the land tax breakdown to give to anyone who is interested. The breakdown example is also available to view online at

“I carry stacks of these when I go to visit citizens,” Langston said. “When we inform them of where their money goes, they are a lot more receptive,” Langston said. “A better informed citizen means the better we [county] all are.”



(Based on paying $500 in land taxes)


Category                        Percentage of total                                    Dollar amount paid

State                                   14.72                                                                  $73.60

Municipal                          7.88                                                                    $39.40

Schools                              27.65                                                                  $138.25

Fire                                    5.24                                                                    $26.20

Rescue                              1.17                                                                      $5.85

General                            18.50                                                                  $92.50

Sheriff                              2.35                                                                    $11.75

Trade school                  7.27                                                                    $36.35

Road & Bridge               8.17                                                                    $40.85

Gasoline tax                   7.05                                                                   $35.25

Total                               100                                                                     $500

* Note: The Chilton County Road Department is not budgeted any amount of the building, road and bridge fund.



Primm collects three hits in AHSAA North-South All-Star Game


Unemployment rate spikes in Chilton from May to June


Hall, American Legion riders roll through Clanton for Legacy Run


Chilton Toyz on display in annual car show


Jones selected by Royals in sixth round of MLB Draft


Parole denied in June for Chilton offender


Clements gives State of Schools report; shows improvement in multiple facets


United Way Hands On hosting backpack drive for central Alabama students


Changes to this year’s Peach Festival welcomed tens of thousands throughout June


Fourth annual CAW Back to School Bash upcoming in Clanton


Juvenile female killed in train accident in Clanton


One-time grant opportunities open for Chilton County nonprofits until July 19


Hand leaves Verbena better than she found it, retires as principal


Benz’s new book features a dog’s journey to helping dozens of Ukrainian children


Scenes from the opening of the Blackwood Brothers exhibit in Clanton


CCS providing free breakfast, lunch for all students for 2024-25 school year


Clanton 6U All Stars win World Series in Albertville


Connell presented key to Clanton, receives own day for MLF achievements


Photos, results and more from the 2024 Chilton County Peach Festival recap


Relay Queens read to children at the Maplesville Public Library


Exhibit held for 70th anniversary of Blackwood Brothers plane crash in Clanton


Junior Deputy Academy returns to Chilton County


Parole denied for Chilton County offender


Vaith to serve as Alabama 4-H Ambassador