Week of June 17, 2013

  • Published: June 17, 2013
  • Mark your calendars for Fort Worth, Texas
    At the NACo conference next month, the Alabama Delegate Caucus is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19. Make sure your travel plans will put you there in time for the caucus meeting in the Fort Worth Convention Center. Questions? Contact Marcia Collier.

    County Chat with ACEA on Thursday
    There’s a webinar for ACEA members on Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. to go over:

    • Preview of ACCA Convention presentations geared for engineers;
    • A “listening post” segment for engineers to weigh in on the realities of improving safety in county road and bridge departments;
    • An update on the Joint Bid Program.

    Contact Sallie Gowan for the registration link. 

    County constitutional revision hopes still alive
    Mary Pons represented counties at a meeting of the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission last week, where the commission decided to likely consider issues related to local constitutional amendments and notice and procedures for local legislation at its next meeting. That meeting will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 1 at the State House in Montgomery. County officials are encouraged to join the ACCA staff that day.

    Federal PILT payments on rise
    Despite sequestration, Alabama counties will see a nearly $100,000 combined increase in the federal payments in lieu of taxes, known as PILT. (See this chart  for county-specific figures.) The program seeks to compensate local government for non-taxable federal lands, and the U.S. Department of the Interior released the funds last Thursday. (This news release contains additional information about the program.)

    Proposed new sales tax rule regarding local nexus
    Counties have struggled for years to collect sales tax on purchases that are delivered from one jurisdiction to another, and a proposed new rule   from the Alabama Department of Revenue would clarify questions of when and where such taxes are due. Some changes to the proposed rule are being considered, but still the new rule could be a very positive step for counties. The soonest the rule could become effective would be early September. Questions? Contact Mary Pons.