Hot 5: Money savings, AL prisons in national spotlight

  • Published: July 21, 2014
  • Want to save $25?

    Budgets are tight all over, so don’t you want to save $25 for your county? It’s easy – register now for the ACCA Annual Convention coming up Aug. 19-21 in Orange Beach. It’s jam-packed with timely information to strengthen county government in your county. The registration fee is $185 right now, but after Friday it goes up to $210. Get all your convention details here, and contact Jennifer Datcher (334-263-7594 or in the ACCA office if you have questions about the online registration process.


    Ward: Counting on counties for big help on prison overcrowding

    State Sen. Cam Ward testified before Congress last week on Alabama’s prison overcrowding crisis, and reading his prepared remarks, it is clear he has big expectations for counties to help the state get out of its current position as the most overcrowded state prison system in the U.S. The stakes couldn’t be higher for counties when the Legislature takes up this issue next year, and that’s why ACCA’s 2014 Annual Convention has an opening general session focused on Corrections at a Crossroads. Find out more


    Workers’ comp fund participation agreement revised

    The ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Board of Trustees has approved a revised participation agreement with mostly minor revisions. The most significant changes were in the section on Inspections and Surveys, where language was added to clarify the purpose of risk control inspections and to protect the Fund from suits by third parties. The new participation agreement and renewal packet will be sent to the designated workers’ comp coordinator for each Fund Member during the first week of September.  For more information regarding ACCA’s Insurance Funds, contact Henry van Arcken, Director of Insurance Services, at 334-263-7594 or


    County leaders also leading at state level

    The ACCA Board of Directors recently approved the following appointments:

    • DeKalb County Commissioner Chris Kuykendall to the state Business Personal Property Tax Advisory Committee;
    • DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow to a second term on the state County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund  Advisory Committee;
    • Crenshaw County Commissioner Charlie Sankey Jr., Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick and Lee County Administrator Roger Rendleman to the statewide Local Government Health Insurance Board;
    • Jackson County Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges to the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Board of Trustees.

    Many thanks to each appointee for your investment of time and energy in these important issues!


    Revenue matters

    Keep an eye out for the next issue of County Commission magazine, which should be landing in mailboxes near the end of the week. It includes a package of articles about a host of revenue-related issues facing counties these days, plus articles about debris removal, oil sands and health insurance – not to mention timely advice from Sonny Brasfield and Mary Pons.


    Hot 5 is a weekly newsletter from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.