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State law prohibits Tuscaloosa commission from donating towards Salvation Army shelter

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The Tuscaloosa County Commission wants to give the Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa needs money to build a new homeless shelter but state law won't allow it.

The county attorney tells commissioners that state law prohibits them from giving money to religious organizations like the Salvation Army.

Commissioner Bobby Miller wanted to get around that by giving money to the city of Tuscaloosa which would then put it towards the shelter.

But some commissioners say that would be illegal too.

"Well let's put it this way, this is definitely not a dead issue with me. Because I'm going to continue to thrive in it and try to get these funds because this facility needs the help," Miller said.

The commission is trying to find other ways they can help.

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