Week of Jan. 22, 2013

  • Published: January 22, 2013
  • Questions about healthcare reform and the county jail
    Some counties have asked if the federal healthcare reform law will require counties to help detainees sign up for Medicaid benefits. The short answer is “no,” and a more detailed explanation is available online.

    Financial Statements Workshop
    This year’s County Financial Workshop is devoted entirely to helping county staff members learn how to prepare their own financial statement which are required for audit purposes. The event will be April 15-16, which coincides with ACAA Day @ the Legislature, and registration is open. For more information, please visit this link.

    ALGTI stars
    If you have already received your 2013 ACCA Membership Directory, you may have noticed the new stars next to some commissioners’ names. These indicate who has completed Level I and Level II of the commissioner education programs offered by the Alabama Local Government Training Institute. To find out more about the programs and course offerings, use this link. To check how many more credits you need to earn a star, call the Auburn University Center for Governmental Services at 334-844-4782.

    For your agenda in February
    Here’s a reminder that the commission is required to levy taxes for the coming year at its first regular meeting in February, according to Ala. Code Section 40-7-42. (This applies only to ad valorem taxes.)

    Emergency preparedness sales tax holiday
    Any county that has passed a resolution to participate in the emergency preparedness sales tax holiday this year, which is scheduled for Feb. 22-24, be sure that you have notified the Alabama Department of Revenue of the decision by the close of business today.