Section 45-2-221.10Historic development commission.
A historic development commission with the following membership, duties, and powers may be created by the county commission.
(a) The commission shall be composed of no less than 11 members who shall be selected by the county commission in such a manner as to serve overlapping terms. Except for the first members, their terms shall be four years.
(b) The commission shall operate under a constitution as adopted by the commission and approved by the county commission.
(c) The commission shall have as its purposes: (1) The preservation and protection of buildings of historic and architectural value in the historic districts, as defined in Section 45-2-221.01, and the maintenance of the distinctive character of these districts; (2) the fostering and encouraging of the preservation, restoration, and utilization of buildings of historic and architectural value in the historic districts; and (3) the development and promotion of historic districts, as major tourist attractions of historic and economic value.
(d) The commission shall have the power and authority in addition to all powers conferred on it by the general law: (1) To purchase, sell, contract to purchase, contract to sell, own, encumber, lease, mortgage, and insure real and personal property of all kinds and descriptions; (2) to request, solicit, and accept gifts, donations, pledges, fees, bequests, devises, loans, or appropriations from any source whatsoever; (3) to set up at such lawful depository or depositories within Baldwin County, as it may select, a "Revolving Fund for Historic Development" which shall be composed of the monies which may come into its hands from any source whatsoever and which shall be used for the furtherance of the objectives and purposes of the commission; and (4) the commission may employ such professional, office, technical, and other personnel as may be necessary or desirable for the carrying out in the most efficient manner of the purposes of such commission.
(e) The commission shall constitute a nonprofit governmental agency whose funds shall be used exclusively for public purposes. Such commission shall have a tax exempt status, and the properties of the commission and the income therefrom, together with all leases, agreements, and contracts made by it shall be forever exempt from any and all taxation by the State of Alabama and any political subdivision thereof, including, but not limited to, income, admission, amusement, exercise, and ad valorem taxes.
(f) It shall be the duty of the commission to exercise such powers as the commission shall deem necessary and fitting to carry out the above stated purposes.
(Act 80-497, p. 769, §3; Act 89-960 p. 1897, §1.)