Hot 5: Vote “no” on Am. 2 & more

  • Published: October 6, 2014
  • Vote “no” on Amendment 2

    Alabama counties voted in August at the ACCA Convention to oppose Amendment 2 on the statewide ballot next month. As you may recall, this amendment would authorize the state to borrow $50 million for improvements at National Guard armories, with the debt repaid from the principal of the Alabama Trust Fund. There is no provision that the money would ever be repaid to the trust fund, and so this would violate the intent of the trust and reduce revenue to counties. ACCA mailed materials on this issue to commission chairs and county administrators last week, and commissioners are encouraged to announce ACCA’s opposition during a commission meeting this month.


    ACCA Legislative Conference registration is open

    In case you missed it, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will be joining county leaders at the ACCA Legislative Conference to give a preview of the 2015 Regular Session, and Dr. David Bronner from the Retirement Systems of Alabama will be there to give an economic forecast for Alabama. Those are just two reasons to be in Montgomery during the first week of December, and you can get all the details and registration links online.


    Deputy Training in NW Alabama Rescheduled

    The ACCA-sponsored Below 100 Training for deputies in Northwest Alabama has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, in Moulton, Ala. Two deputies from each NW county should attend to meet the training requirement of the Safety Incentive Discount Program. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. The course is limited to the first 35 deputies who register, so don’t delay.  To register, email Marcia Collier (


    County Chat with ACEA

    There will be no County Chat with ACEA webinar this month, and these interactive, online sessions for county engineers will resume on Nov. 13.


    HR & Safety Training Sessions in Etowah this week

    The first round of the October series of insurance-related training sessions was completed last week in Cullman, with safety on Wednesday and human resources best practices on Thursday. The sessions received high marks from all who attended, and there are three more opportunities to participate and meet this requirement of the Safety Incentive Discount Program. Courses are repeated in Gadsden this week, followed by Montgomery and then Demopolis. The schedule and registration form for this free training is online. The day-long training on human resources best practices is strongly recommended for department heads, supervisors and any county employees who handle personnel matters. If you have questions, please call ACCA at 334-263-7594.


    Note: The ACCA office will be closed Monday, Oct. 13, for Columbus Day.


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