This article may be known and cited as the "County Financial Stabilization Fund Act."
The Legislature finds and declares that:
(1) County government should maintain a prudent level of financial resources to try to protect against reducing service levels or raising taxes and fees because of temporary revenue shortfalls, unpredicted one-time expenditures or emergency situations; and
(2) The creation, maintenance and use of a financial stabilization fund will provide counties with assistance to meet these challenges, as well as enable them to improve their financial management and practices.
(a) A county commission may create a "financial stabilization fund" by a majority vote of the members. The fund may receive appropriations, gifts, grants and any other funds made available.
(b) The county commission may appropriate a sum to the fund from any surplus in the General Fund at the end of each fiscal year or from any other money available.
(c) The amount of money in the fund may not exceed thirty percent of the county's most recent general fund budget, as originally adopted. When the fund exceeds the thirty percent, the county commission shall transfer the excess to any fund it considers appropriate.
(a) The county commission may invest the money in the fund as it considers appropriate, with the earnings retained by the fund.
(b) The county commission may appropriate money in the financial stabilization fund upon a majority vote for any of the following purposes:
(1) To cover a general fund shortfall; or
(2) Any other purpose the commission considers appropriate.