Implementing New Omnibus Pay Act | Hot 5

  • Published: May 30, 2016
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    1. Revisions to the Omnibus Pay Act

    Newly-enacted changes to the Omnibus Pay Act go into effect in about two months, and counties will want to be thoroughly familiar with the pair of significant technical changes going into budget preparations for fiscal year 2016-17. The changes affect increased compensation for elected in officials in the county.

    ACCA Association Counsel Mary Pons prepared the memo linked below outlining key points for proper implementation of the new law, and the memo also includes a link to the new law, Act 2016-335.

    Memo from Mary Pons Re: Omnibus Changes, Act 2016-335

    If you have any questions about implementing these changes, please contact ACCA at 334-263-7594.

     

    2. Emergency Management Task Force Starts Work

    The task force established to provide a long-term vision for the financial and operational success of emergency management programs in Alabama held its first meeting on Thursday, May 26. Coffee County Commissioner Dean Smith, Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer and Lee County EMA Director Kathy Carson participated on behalf of county government in Alabama.  The group established three committees, which are expected to begin work later this summer.  Counties will be notified of the committee meetings and the progress of the task force as it works toward recommendations for the 2017 legislative session.

     

    3. Gas Card Update

    Effective June 1, 2016, counties will no longer be able to use the state contract for fleet fuel card services. Please be aware that counties cannot automatically “renew” participation in the WEX Fuel Card program as suggested in recent correspondence from WEX. The Association recommends that you collect the fuel cards used by your employees so that there is no inadvertent use of a card after the expiration of the current contract.

    To continue to participate in a fleet card program, the Association recommends either of the following:

    1. Competitively bid the services
    2. Purchase the services from a national or regional governmental cooperative purchasing program approved by the Alabama Department of Examiners

    This list of national cooperatives approved by the Alabama Department of Examiners is available at the following link:

    Examiners-Approved Purchasing Cooperatives

    There may be other cooperatives available; however, you will be responsible for requesting and receiving approval by the Examiners before contracting with any alternative cooperative. For more information, contact Chase Cobb (334-263-7594 / ccobb@alabamacounties.org).

     

    4. Time is Running Out for NACo’s Early Bird Discount

    If you are planning to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) this summer, please be aware that the early bird registration period – with a discounted registration fee – ends on June 10, which is Friday of next week. Beginning June 11, registration will increase from $515 to $540 per person

    County officials from throughout the country will gather July 22-25 in Long Beach, California. You will have the opportunity to network with county officials, experts from the private and nonprofit sectors and other leaders from across the country. This is your chance to exchange cutting-edge best practices and shape NACo’s federal policy agenda for the year ahead.

    For more information, go to www.NACo.org/Annual

     

    5. County Leaders Stepping Forward

    As the unified voice of county government, the influence of this Association hinges on the active involvement of all 67 counties. ACCA is proud to announce the leaders who have accepted the responsibility of serving on the Resolutions, Nominating and Awards Committees this year. Each of these panels has an important function in the life of this Association, and your service to “67 counties, One Voice” is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your commitment to the betterment of county government!

    RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

    Bobby Everett, Winston County; Terry Roberts, Lamar County; Jason Black, Limestone County; Phil Vandiver, Madison County; Marcie Foster, Cherokee County; Matthew Hodges, Jackson County; Dean Calvert, Blount County; Kenneth Walker, Cullman County; George Bowman, Jefferson County; Tommie Armistead, Sumter County; Allen Caton, Chilton County; Mike Vest, Shelby County; Fred Wilson, Calhoun County; Todd Adams, Coosa County; Chance Corbett, Russell County; Brent Crenshaw, Lowndes County; Ronda M. Walker, Montgomery County; Leonard Millender, Conecuh County; Joey Peavy, Butler County; Curtis Harvey, Houston County; Homer Wright, Pike County; and Jerry Carl, Mobile County.

    AWARDS COMMITTEE

    Allen Armstrong, Blount County; Debbie Wood, Chambers County; Jimmy Jones, Coffee County; Stephanie Daniels Smoke, Elmore County; Robert Ham, Lee County

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE

    Chairperson Merceria Ludgood, Mobile County; Roger Hayes, Winston County; Roger Jones, Madison County; Tim Choate, Etowah County; Don Stisher, Morgan County; Sandra Little Brown, Jefferson County; Ricky Hubbard, Bibb County; Jackie Swinford, Talladega County; Ricky Burney, Clay County; Stephanie Daniels Smoke, Elmore County; Allin Whittle, Butler County; Charlie Sankey, Crenshaw County; and Connie Hudson, Mobile County.

     

    Notice: The ACCA office is closed today for Memorial Day. ACCA is not observing next week’s state holiday, so the office will be open June 6.


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    Are you Facebook friends with Alabama’s U.S. Senators?

    All seven Alabama members of the U.S. House of Representatives are actively engaged on social media, and “friending” them on Facebook opens up another avenue for facebook-colorrelationship-building. You can keep up with their activities, and, if you notice something special, you could express your appreciation about it the next time you communicate with them directly.

    These links to go straight to their official Facebook pages (Note: Names are listed as they appear on Facebook):

    Senator Richard Shelby 

    Jeff Sessions

     

    KEY DATES THIS WEEK

    MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

    Memorial Day

    TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

    Last day counties can use fuel cards on the state contract. (See item 3 above)

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016

    Board of Trustees meets, ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund

    Hurricane season begins

    THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016

    Board of Trustees meets, ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc.

    FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016

    Deadline to apply for NACo Presidential Appointments