Hot 5: Defensive driving, election expenses & awards

  • Published: June 16, 2014
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    More training coming soon: defensive driving for deputies

    Counties in the ACCA insurance funds will want to be watching for details about upcoming defensive driving classes being offered around the state. These courses will satisfy the training requirement for the Safety Incentive Discount Program. Exact dates and times will be emailed to county safety coordinators in the near future.  If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact ACCA Director of Insurance Services Henry van Arcken at 334-263-7594 or hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org.

     

    Election expense reimbursement reminder

    Please review these code sections on election expense reimbursement for counties to make sure your county is properly reimbursed by the state for all allowable expenses related to the recent primary. In addition, counties with no local runoff races on the ballot July 15 will be eligible for full reimbursement (not the normal 50 percent).

     

    Honoring excellence in county leadership and programs

    Remember that the deadline for the ACCA awards program is just next week, on June 27. These awards, which are given at the convention in August, honor outstanding county programs (from urban and rural counties) as well as individuals. The award for Outstanding Contribution to County Government is a highlight every year, and the Tenure in Office Award recognizes long-serving commissioners. There is also a special memorial category for recently deceased commissioners. Details and forms are online.

     

    Budget-writing time begins

    As the fiscal year winds down for counties, it is time to ramp up the budget process. As the recommended County Budget Schedule indicates, mid-June is the target for seeking both revenue estimates for all sources and budget requests from all county offices and departments.

     

    State leaders aligned on corrections, county leaders working together too

    It was pointed out repeatedly last week that the three branches of state government were working together on prison reform, but it is important to remember that any changes to the state system will affect counties. That’s why the County Policy Team on Prison Reform is hard at work and why the 2014 ACCA Convention is focused on Corrections at a Crossroads.

     

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