Trust Fund Estimates Inch Up | Hot 5

  • Published: September 7, 2015
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    1. Trust Fund Estimates Up Slightly

    Distributions from the Alabama Trust Fund to Alabama counties will be made in April, as provided in Alabama’s constitution. The Fund’s Board of Trustees has already approved the distribution, which will be slightly higher than the payments made to Alabama counties earlier this year. The distribution to counties in April of 2016 will total almost $15 million while the amount received by all counties in 2015 was just more than $14.6 million. The payments from the Alabama Trust Fund are deposited into the County Government Capital Improvement Fund established in Section 11-29-1, Code of Alabama, 1975. In preparing budgets for the coming year, county officials and administrators are encouraged to review the payments received earlier this year and increase the amount by approximately 2 percent.

     

    2. Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Renewal Packets

    The 2015-2016 Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund renewal packets were mailed last week to each Fund Member’s pre-assigned Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coordinator. If you want to confirm who your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coordinator is, please email Marcia Collier at mcollier@alabamacounties.org. The renewal packet includes a Statement, Information Page, and an “Information Sheet.” Please return the “Information Sheet” to ACCA as soon as possible and retain a copy for your records. Questions? Contact Henry van Arcken at hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594.

     

    3. County Representatives to Help Monitor Prison Reform Implementation

    Two of the most experienced county commission chairs in Alabama – Hardy McCollum of Tuscaloosa County and Mark Culver of Houston County – have accepted invitations to serve on the Local Issues Sub-Committee for the Criminal Justice Oversight and Implementation Council. The council was created by executive order to oversee implementation of prison reforms in the state, and the sub-committee’s duty is to plan for and measure the impact of implementation at the local level. Other subcommittee members will represent state agencies, sheriffs, prosecutors, circuit judges and mental health providers.

     

    4. ATRIP PR Campaign Materials Due Friday, October 2

    In 2012, Governor Robert Bentley showed his support for local infrastructure projects by introducing the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP), which has infused more than $1 billion into Alabama’s road and bridge systems in the last 3 years. This investment created a momentum in local infrastructure development that has resulted in over $6 billion in benefits to Alabama citizens!

    We need to keep that momentum going! Last week, almost two-thirds of Alabama’s county engineers participated in a Q&A webinar on the ATRIP PR campaign that was kicked-off at the Association’s Annual Convention. The Association staff is partnering with all 67 Counties to speak in One Voice about the numerous benefits of investing in Alabama’s county road & bridge program. All counties are urged to complete their campaign templates and return them to Terri Reynolds no later than Friday, October 2. Take a moment to review all of the ATRIP PR prep materials to get started, and contact Terri Reynolds at treynolds@alabamacounties.org if you need additional information.

     

    5. 2nd Special Session Starts TOMORROW

    The Alabama Legislature will re-convene tomorrow for a second special session focused on budget issues. ACCA will keep county leaders informed about any bills that stand to negatively impact counties as well as about progress on the state’s General Fund Budget.

     

     

    Notice: The ACCA office is closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

     

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