Amendments Are Coming | Hot 5

  • Published: June 20, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

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    PLUS… Key Dates This Week

    1. Amendments Are Coming

    Two Association-sponsored constitutional amendments will appear on the November General Election ballot. The proposed amendments would streamline the process for placing “local” constitutional amendments on the ballot only in the affected county and would provide county commissions limited administrative authority to carry out many duties that now require local legislation. The passage of the two amendments has been endorsed by the state’s Constitutional Revision Commission.

     

    2. Defense for Future Property Tax Suits

    Beginning October 1, those counties participating in the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. will have access to legal defense for any local lawsuits challenging the appraised valuation of specific property. The new law shifts the appointment of defense counsel from the District Attorney to the County Commission and provides that costs will be paid from the reappraisal budget. More details will be provided to counties in the coming weeks.

     

    3. Important Dates for Incoming Commissioners

     

    New commissioners consistently give high praise to the Alabama Local Government Training Institute’s courses for providing a working knowledge of the broad scope of county responsibilities as well as the complexities. County administrators are encouraged to pass along these dates to anyone who will be a first-time commissioner starting in November as well remaining candidates who would be first-time commissioners:

    New Commissioner Orientation
    Alabama Local Government Training Institute
    December 6-7, 2016
    Renaissance Montgomery

    Ethical and Legal Issues
    Alabama Local Government Training Institute
    January 19-20, 2017

    Both courses are required to complete the 50-hour, level 1 commissioner education program as mandated by state law. In addition, Ethical and Legal Issues will only be offered once in the next two years, so new commissioners are encouraged to participate.

    4. Next SIDP Regional Training set for Central Alabama

    Want to be sure your county is part of the next round of safety incentive checks? Members of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds will want to be represented at one of the regional training opportunities this summer. These trainings are a required element of the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP).

    The half-day course for safety coordinators offers a comprehensive look at the SIDP requirements and guidelines, including topics such as accident/incident protocols and county-wide safety committees. There’s also a separate half-day course for public officials and administrative staff focused on management practices for creating a positive work environment and reducing liability.

    Identical classes are offer two more times, and counties are free to choose a convenient date.

    June 29 (Autauga County)

    July 27 (Conecuh County)

    To register or see additional details, please access the form linked below. Please contact Marcia Collier (334-263-7594 or mcollier@alabamacounties.org) with any questions.

    Registration Form
    SIDP Regional Trainings

    5. Application Workshop from the Appalachian Regional Commission

    The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has announced the Appalachian Regional Commission’s FY 2017 Application Workshop coming up next month. The one-day event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, at the Marriott Shoals in Florence. All persons attending the workshop should pre-register with ADECA by contacting Denise Molina (334-353-1893 or denise.molina@adeca.alabama.gov) by the close of business on July 8. The day of the workshop, on-site registration will be available beginning at 8 a.m.

    Memo from Jim Byard, ADECA Director


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    PUT YOUR SMARTPHONE TO WORK

    Share YOUR county’s stories of problems and progress

    With the summer construction season in full swing, don’t forget to capture the moment. When you’ve got a great example of just how much investing in infrastructure matters in your county, please consider sharing it with the ACCA staff. Your example might be a problem or it might be a victory. Either way, ACCA wants to know about it. Cell phone pictures – or, better yet, video – are a big plus. Show us the current projects that are ongoing as well as the dream projects. Please send examples to Terri Reynolds (treynolds@alabamacounties.org).

     

    KEY DATES THIS WEEK

    TODAY

    Last day to reserve hotel rooms at the group rate, Alabama Association 9-1-1 Districts (AAND) Workshop, July 19-20, Prattville

    2 p.m., Board Meeting, Alabama Local Government Training Institute

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

    2 p.m., Webinar, County Revenue Officers Association of Alabama (CROAA)

    THURSDAY & FRIDAY, JUNE 23-24

    46th Alabama County Government Institute, Alabama Local Government Training Institute

    FRIDAY, JUNE 24

    4:30 p.m., DEADLINE to submit applications & nominations for ACCA’s 25th Annual Awards for Excellence in County Government