Week of Aug. 12, 2013

  • Published: August 12, 2013
  • Health insurance adjustments
    After two years without an increase in health insurance premiums, a number of factors are combining to indicate a very likely increase in premium rates this year for participants in the Local Government Health Insurance Program. ACCA recommends counties use an estimated 5 percent increase in health insurance premiums for budget planning purposes. Any change in premium rates or coverage will not be effective until Jan. 1, and ACCA will provide counties with final details as soon as they are available.

    Attn: Workers’ comp fund members
    If you have not already returned your proxy vote form to ACCA as outlined in this memo (with form), please do so by Wednesday. The fund’s board has proposed several noncontroversial changes to the bylaws, and the most significant change is expanding the board from 9 to 15 members. The changes are all marked in this draft. Questions? Contact Sonny Brasfield.

    New joint bid vendors
    If there is a new vendor of heavy equipment, road signs or herbicides that you would like to receive the invitation to bid for the County Joint Bid Program, please complete this form and return it to Brandy Perry by Wednesday.

    9-1-1 funding changes
    As you may recall, Alabama’s patchwork of 9-1-1 fees (some as high as $5 a month) will change to a flat, level fee statewide of $1.60 per line per month starting Oct. 1. If you would like to know more, here is a Fact sheet for Act 2012-293 as well as a Timeline about its implementation.

    Redemption of property implementation
    Contrary to ACCA’s interpretation, the Alabama Department of Revenue has decided that Act 2013-370 only applies to properties that are sold for unpaid taxes after Aug. 1, 2013. This interpretation will delay the effect of the reforms enacted during the 2013 session of the Alabama Legislature.