Boards of Registrars Survey | Hot 5

  • Published: March 21, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    PLUS |  5 Hot Questions for Chairman John Moton Jr., Wilcox Co. | Facebook for a County Commissioner

    PLUS | Key Dates This Week

    1. Task Force Seeks Statewide Feedback on Boards of Registrars

    In the past few months, the Alabama Board of Registrars Legislation Task Force has met twice to discuss the current role registrars play in the state. Special thanks to the commissioners who are representing the unified county voice on the panel:

    Steve McKinnon, Dale County

    Rhondel Rhone, Clarke County

    Randy Vest, Morgan County

    Ronda M. Walker, Montgomery County

    The task force will continue to meet in the months ahead to discuss reforming the appointment process for registrars, establishing uniform standards and a number of other issues to ensure accountability for the registrar position.

    Secretary of State John Merrill asked the Association to share a 3-question survey with all 67 counties. Your input will be essential to the task force’s ability to effectively review the organization and operation of boards of registrars as they relate to other county election officials.

    Boards of Registrars Feedback   TAKE THE 3-QUESTION SURVEY

     Please take a moment to complete this brief survey at the link above. If you have any questions related to the survey or task force, please contact Chase Cobb (ccobb@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594).

    2. ‘Back to the Stone Age’ with County Commission Magazine cover for toc

    Crumbling pavement dissolving into gravel. That’s the reality of too many county roads, and that’s why it was chosen as the cover for the latest issue of County Commission Magazine. ACCA hopes the publication will be useful as you are discussing infrastructure investment. Every member of the Alabama Legislature receives a copy too by mail, and please encourage them to take a look!

    Here are a few items that could be helpful:

    Back to the Stone Age in Chambers County – Before and After photos of Chambers CR 139, where residents gladly gave up crumbling pavement and potholes for a gravel road. DOWNLOAD Back to the Stone Age in Chambers Co. PDF

    Return on Investment (ROI) for Infrastructure – The bottom line is that investing in road and bridge infrastructure will benefit Alabama’s economy. Every $1 can return $5.20 in benefits, according to FHWA. DOWNLOAD Return on Investment for Infrastructure PDF

    EMA Connection – Precious time is lost when emergency responders can’t reach citizens in need quickly, whether the problem is 5 o’clock traffic or a weight-limited bridge that can’t bear a fire truck. DOWNLOAD EMA Connection PDF

    In addition, a PDF file of the entire, 40-page issue is available to download for your use – or if you would like to share it with anyone by email. Download PDF

     

    3. Time is Short to Sign up for April Classes

    Regular registration closes this Wednesday for the next two training courses from the County Government Education Institute. Both are offered in Prattville on April 6 & 7.

     

    CROAA Overview of County Revenue
    Required class for CROAA Program
    This course is designed to provide the basics in local tax collection, auditing, and enforcement. Topics discussed include types of local taxes, enforcement and auditing concepts, and the legal framework of the local tax structure. This course is a very important primer for the new county revenue officer, but offers valuable updated information that will benefit the seasoned revenue personnel as well.

     

    Finance & Revenue
    Basic-Level Class required for ACAA, ACEA, and AAND Programs
    Approved for 11.0 CLE credits by the Alabama Bar Association
    Approved for 13.5 hours of CPE credit, including 1 hour of accounting and auditing CPE
    Emergency Managers can earn continuing education credit for the CLEM designation
    This course is designed to provide the county employee valuable information about the county financial system, including development of the budget, an outline of county revenue sources, the process for collection and distribution of those revenues, and the legal and auditing principles that impact the county commission’s important budgetary decisions.

    4. How to Help Protect Your County’s Revenue

    Many commissions have stepped forward to help protect revenue in all 67 counties, and others are encouraged to consider making a similar statement at the next commission meeting by adopting a resolution in support of HB 169/SB96. The resolution is a way to formally add your support for legislation to reduce the ability of municipalities and municipal industrial development authorities to abate county taxes – without county consent – when there is no corresponding municipal tax. The Economic Development Association of Alabama is opposing the measure, which would reinstate the long-standing interpretation of the 2002 abatement law.

    Please see this memo from Mary Pons with a Sample Resolution Supporting the Abatement Bill.

    5. County Officials Invited to Free Workshop on Disaster Recovery

    Local officials who want to help their communities recover economically from a disaster are encouraged to consider driving to Greenville for a two-day course beginning April 11. The workshop, called Disaster Resilience & Economic Recovery, is presented jointly by the Delta Regional Authority and the International Economic Development Council as part of a series of events in Alabama this year.

    Details and Registration
    Economically Competitive & Resilient Communities Workshop
    Module B: Disaster Recovery & Economic Resilience
    April 11-12, Greenville, AL


    5 Hot Questions Facebook for a County Commissioner

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     Commissioner Moton

     

    I. Who? Wilcox County Commission Chairman John Moton Jr.

    Facebook is a valuable tool for staying in contact with constituents throughout your district, according to Moton. With nearly 5,000 Facebook friends at his Commissioner Moton account, he’s got major credibility online – and on the air too. Catch him weekdays on WQLS 90.5 FM where he hosts the morning drive, 8-11 a.m.

    II. Why Facebook? It sparks conversations

    “I hear from people I normally wouldn’t hear from,” he says. In a sprawling rural district, it’s not easy to stay connected to each community, but Facebook posts help – often leading to direct, private conversations by other means (i.e. phone call, text, Facebook messenger).

    III. What to post? A good mix

    He uses Facebook to publicize community events, provide information about county services and advocate for Wilcox County (especially road and bridge funding). Sometimes he shares an inspirational quote.

    IV. When to post? 7 days a week

    You’ve got to do it daily and be consistent to build a following,” he says. “I get up first thing in the morning and post something.”

    V. How do you keep it going? Humanize it

    “You don’t have to put your personal business out there, but you’ve got to humanize it,” he says. His posts about DRIVE Alabama are mixed in with funny commentary on the presidential race, pictures from the NACo conference in Washington, D.C., congratulations to a citizen who received recognition and a plea for little league coaches.

     


     

     

     Key Dates This Week

    Today | Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) Webinar

     

    Wednesday | Registration deadlines

    CROAA Overview of County Revenue

    County Government Education Institute (CGEI) Finance & Revenue

      

    Thursday | County Revenue Officers Association of Alabama (CROAA) Webinar