Week of April 30, 2012

  • Published: April 30, 2012
  • Was the check bigger?
    Earlier this month counties received a distribution from the Alabama Trust Fund that may have been a bit larger than expected.  A total of $25 million in trust fund revenue was distributed among Alabama’s county governments.  This money must be expended according to the restrictions established from the County Government Capital Improvement Fund. An even larger one-time allocation – a total of more than $30 million – is expected next April.

    Hayes, Hutcheson on records commission
    Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes and Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson have been appointed to represent counties on the Local Government Records Commission. They were appointed earlier this month by Gov. Robert Bentley and attended their first meeting last week.

    It’s 75
    As a result of last week’s runoff election, a total of 75 county seats will be filled by newly elected commissioners beginning in November. An orientation for the new commissioners is scheduled on Dec. 4-5, 2012, in conjunction with the ACCA Legislative Conference in Montgomery. County administrators are encouraged to provide the date to the candidates so they can clear their schedules to be a part of this essential orientation program.

    Logging notification becomes law
    The governor allowed the logging notification bill to become law without his signature, so it is now Act 2012-257. It becomes effective on July 1.

    County employees, plan your summer learning
    The County Government Education Institute has just posted agendas for the following upcoming classes: Personnel Administration on May 30-31; Overview of County Government on June 20-21; and Legislative and Governmental Relations on July 25-26.