#ALCountiesTweet | HOT 5

November 20, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Thanking Your Counties
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. #ALCountiesTweet 
Are you on Twitter? Your Legislators are. Join the Association in a friendly competition to promote the County Platform online. Beginning and ending with the 2018 Legislative Session, counties are encouraged to tweet their Legislators and […]

It’s Game Time: ACCA Legislative Conference | HOT 5

November 13, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Follow Us!
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. It’s Game Time: ACCA Legislative Conference
With only three weeks left until the 2017 ACCA Legislative Conference, there’s no better time than now to register your county leaders to attend. This year’s conference will include a full agenda […]

State and Local Tax Deduction in U.S. House of Representatives | HOT 5

November 6, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Plan Your Year
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. State and Local Tax Deduction in U.S. House of Representatives
On October 26 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate’s budget resolution which contains an elimination of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. While an […]

Highlights from the Rural Broadband Discussion | HOT 5

October 30, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | NACo Releases Reports on Major County Challenges
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Highlights from Rural Broadband Discussion 
Last week Association staff participated in a stakeholder meeting to discuss draft legislation for the expansion of broadband into rural areas of the state.
A number of stakeholders were present […]

Time is Running Out | Hot 5

October 23, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | How Do You Hashtag?
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Time is Running Out to Attend Governmental Relations Class 
Time is running out! Register TODAY for the CGEI Legislative and Governmental Relations course, taking place November 1-2 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center. This class will prepare […]

Be an MVP; Prepare for the 2018 Session | HOT 5

October 16, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Using Social Media Before the Session
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Be an MVP; Prepare for the 2018 Session
Twelve weeks remain until the 2018 Legislative Session kickoff, and the Association is offering a variety of opportunities for you to get off the bench and suit up […]

The Winning Team: Legislative Committee Meeting Recap | HOT 5

October 9, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Association Office Closed Today
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. The Winning Team: Legislative Committee Meeting Recap
The newly-formed 67 member Legislative Committee met in Montgomery last week to discuss issues that will be faced in the 2018 Legislative Session. Members heard presentations from leaders on the […]

Tell Us Your Local Issues | Hot 5

October 2, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Do You Know Your Leadership?
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Tell Us Your Local Issues
What issues in your county can be resolved through statewide legislation? As part of the 2018 legislative development process, the ACCA is compiling a list of local legislative issues to discuss […]

Get in the Game: Playing All Four Quarters | HOT 5

September 25, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Follow Us!
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Get in the Game: Playing All Four Quarters
You’ve studied the playbook. Watched the film. Given it your all on the practice field. It’s time to get in the game-and a winning team gives 100% in all four quarters.
With the 2018 […]

Enroll in the Medicaid for County Inmate Program | HOT 5

September 18, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Are Your Employees Using Snazzy Traveler?
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Enroll in the Medicaid for County Inmate Program
If you’re a Chair, Administrator or Sheriff, be on the lookout later this morning for details on and links to important documents for enrolling in the Medicaid for County […]

Is Your County Prepared for a Disaster? | HOT 5

September 11, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Register for the ACCA 2017 Legislative Conference
PLUS…Key Dates This Week

1. Is Your County Prepared for a Disaster?
With hurricane season in full swing, it’s essential you — as a public servant — stay alert, aware and prepared. Every county employee plays a role when […]

District Meetings Registration Now Open | HOT 5

September 4, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | September Is National Preparedness Month
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. District Meetings Registration Now Open
Refresh and refuel as we prepare for the 2018 Legislative Session at this year’s ACCA District Meetings. Your participation is vital to the success of the 2018 session, so we […]

ACCA Members Select New 2017-18 Leadership | HOT 5

August 28, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Tell Us How You’re Getting in the Leadership Game
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACCA Members Select New 2017-2018 Leadership
A new year has begun for the unified voice of county government, and expectations are high that President Steve McKinnon from Dale County will guide the […]

It’s Time to Get in the Game | HOT 5

August 21, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Talking Points: ACCA Convention
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. It’s Time to Get in the Game
The crowd is cheering. The lights are on. The scoreboard is set. It’s time to get off the sidelines and “Get in the Game.”
The ACCA 89th Annual Convention has finally […]

89th Annual Convention Going Digital | HOT 5

August 14, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | There’s Still Time to Join Us
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. 89th Annual Convention Going Digital
Pack your tablets, smartphones, and laptops because the ACCA 89th Annual Convention is going digital. This year, convention materials will be made available on the Association website so that you may access them […]

67 Voices on the ACCA Legislative Committee | HOT 5

August 7, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Get in the Game: County Commission Magazine Hitting Shelves
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACCA Board Proposes 67 Voices on Legislative Committee
Last month the ACCA Board of Directors proposed an amendment to the Association’s By-Laws that would restructure the ACCA Legislative Committee to consist of 67 members, […]

New Laws Effective August 1 | HOT 5

July 31, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Plan Ahead- Register Today!
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 

1. New Laws Effective August 1
Eight new laws enacted by the 2017 Legislature will go into effect tomorrow. Chief among them is Act 2017-340 by Senator Tom Whatley which authorizes the use of electronic poll books at the county’s expense. […]

Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties | HOT 5

July 24, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Convention Notes this Week
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties
Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer will join the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo) today as a representative of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). […]

Nominees to ACCA Legislative Committee | Hot 5

July 17, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | Network with Counties and Vendors Over Golf and Fishing
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
1. Nominees to the ACCA Legislative Committee
The ACCA Board of Directors has proposed an amendment to the Association’s By-Laws to be acted on during the 2017 Convention. The change will result in the […]

Electronic Reporting Instructional Videos | HOT 5

July 10, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…Hot 5’s HOT TIP | ACCA Elected Leadership Information Packet
PLUS…Key Dates This Week
 
1. Electronic Reporting Instructional Videos
Starting this year, candidates for county commission, sheriff, county school boards, judgeships and all other races except municipal races must now file their campaign reports electronically with the secretary of state’s office. […]

Saving Money on Travel | HOT 5

June 26, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Questions About Elections?
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Saving Money on Travel
County Commissions and employees can save on both their personal and business travel expenses through a new agreement established by the Association. The web-based system called Snazzy Traveler provides hotels, airfare, rental cars, […]

Apply for Excellence in County Government Award | Hot 5

June 21, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Convention Deadlines Ahead
PLUS… Key Dates This Week

1. Apply for Excellence in County Government Award
The ACCA Annual Convention is coming up in just two short months. One of the highlights of the convention every year is honoring one large and small county with the […]

ACCA Executive Director Addresses ATRIP-2 | Hot 5

June 13, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Solving Local Problems at the Local Level
PLUS… Key Dates This Week

1. ACCA Executive Director Addresses ATRIP-2 with House Democrats
Last week ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield joined Democrats from the House of Representatives in a discussion of the details of the ATRIP 2 legislation. […]

Confusion over Poll Books | Hot 5

June 5, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | We Want to Feature You!
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Confusion Over Poll Books
Last week counties and probate judges received a letter (click here for copy) regarding recent legislation authorizing the use of electronic poll books in upcoming elections. The letter has caused confusion because […]

ACCA Convention Coming up Fast | Hot 5

May 29, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Legislative Wrap Up
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Annual Convention Hotel is Full
The Association’s block of hotel rooms at the discounted convention rate is almost gone. If you only need accommodations for the night of Tuesday, Aug. 2, there may still be a room or […]

Implementing New Laws | Hot 5

May 22, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Conference Resources Now Available
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Medicaid for Inmates Bill Signed into Law
The ACCA priority legislation to allow Medicaid-eligible inmates to have their Medicaid benefits reinstated for inpatient hospital visits exceeding 24 hours was signed into law last week. The provisions of the […]

Congratulations to the Winners! | Hot 5

May 15, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Keep Up the Pace
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACEA and ACAA Award Winners
Members of ACEA and ACAA benefitted from a full agenda that focused on a number of timely professional development topics at their annual conferences last week. Both organizations presented their annual awards in […]

It’s Conference Week | Hot 5

May 8, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Utilizing Resources on the ACCA Website
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACEA and ACAA Conferences This Week
Both the ACEA and ACAA will head to Perdido Beach this week for their annual conferences. County Administrators and Engineers will participate in professional development exercises, meet with their Board […]

RSA Supports ACCA Legislation | HOT 5

May 1, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Is Your County on Social Media?
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Dr. David Bronner Supports ERS Board Legislation
In the May 2017 issue of the RSA’s Advisor Newsletter, Dr. David  Bronner issued a statement of support for ACCA priority bills HB 295 by Rep. Rowe and SB 217 […]

Considering an ACCA Leadership Position? | Hot 5

April 24, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Only 2 County Days Left
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Considering an ACCA Leadership Position?
The ACCA Convention is right around the corner, which means we are gearing up to elect new leadership positions for the Association. If you are considering a run for ACCA Vice President […]

Are You Convention Ready? | Hot 5

April 17, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Using the ACCA67 App
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Are You Convention Ready?
In just a few short weeks the legislative session will come to an end and the Association will shift gears to the Annual Convention. In the meantime, it is important to go ahead and make […]

Busy Week Ahead | Hot 5

April 10, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Watch the Mailbox
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ATRIP-2 Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives
The legislation authorizing the $1.2 billion bond issue for local road and bridge improvements, also known as ATRIP-2, was introduced last Thursday. HB 487 by Rep. Bill Poole has been assigned to […]

Back in Session | Hot 5

April 3, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | ACCA is Going Viral
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Legislature Returns to Montgomery Tomorrow
The Legislature will reconvene tomorrow afternoon for the 14th meeting day of the 2017 session. The next few weeks will be critical for a number of county-priority bills, making it even more […]

Promoting ATRIP-2 to Your Community

March 27, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
 
1. Promoting ATRIP-2 to Your Community
The Association-supported ATRIP-2 legislation will be introduced in the House of Representatives early next month. So Alabama counties are encouraged to step up their efforts to spotlight local road needs over the next 14 days!
As discussed […]

Schedule Changes Ahead | Hot 5

March 20, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP | Making the Most of the Spring Recess
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Schedule Changes Ahead
Don’t forget! The Legislature adjourned last Thursday for a two-week Spring Recess. The House and Senate will reconvene on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4. The regularly-scheduled Goat Hill Reports and legislative webinars are […]

Ethics Training Deadline | Hot 5

March 13, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP | ACCA Bluesheets
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Deadline for Ethics Training
Commissioners who took office on Nov. 16, 2016 – both those who were re-elected and those who took office for the first time – have 120 days to complete mandatory ethics training as required by the Alabama […]

Collecting Overdue Debts | Hot 5

March 6, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP | Wanted: Bad Roads
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Clearing long-overdue debts owed to counties
The Association’s County Debt Set Off Program continues to reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits for county corporations and instrumentalities across the state! The program is designed to allow county entities to […]

Workers’ Comp Refund Checks

February 27, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: County To-Do List Created by Citizens
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Workers’ Compensation Refunds Being Mailed Soon
Checks totaling nearly $1.1 million will be mailed to members of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund next Monday. The checks include investment dividends and safety incentives for qualified counties. Have questions? […]

At the Statehouse | Hot 5

February 20, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: 3 Reasons to Love Tracking Charts
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. @ the Statehouse
The unified voice of county government welcomes leaders from Butler, Elmore, Geneva, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, St. Clair and Walker counties to Montgomery on Wednesday for the first County Day at the Legislature […]

Special Opportunity for Commissioners | Hot 5

February 13, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Be on the Lookout for Your Goat Hill Reports
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Special Opportunity for Commissioners | Governor’s Preparedness Conference
During an emergency, there are unique aspects to the role of an elected official, especially at the local level. In recognition of that, there is a […]

ATRIP-2 Community Meetings | Hot 5

February 6, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Using the ACCA67 App | ‘Tell Us’ Feature
 PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
 
1. ATRIP-2 Community Meetings
If you missed last week’s three-county ATRIP-2 Community Meeting, you’ve got another chance to see how citizens responded to information presented by county leaders. The event at Headland High School was a joint […]

Capitol Hill Roundtables | Hot 5

January 30, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Want to Get Ahead of the Game? 
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
 
1. Worth the Wait: Capitol Hill Roundtables with Alabama Senators
As you finalize travel arrangements for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference, you will want to make sure you have built in time for ACCA’s […]

County-focused CLEs | Hot 5

January 23, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Using the ACCA67 App 
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. County-focused CLEs
Seven courses from the County Government Education Institute (CGEI) this year have been approved for continuing legal education (CLE) credits for licensed attorneys. This designation, which affirms the high quality of CGEI offerings for county employees, provides […]

Installing the ACCA App | Hot 5

January 16, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Turn up the Volume
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACCA67 App: Installing and Troubleshooting
There has been a wonderful response to ACCA67, the Association’s new app for smartphones and tablets that will help amplify the unified voice of county government.
To help members navigate the steps involved in getting the app […]

SSUT $ Coming Next Week | HOT 5

January 9, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Not WHAT you know but WHO you know …
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. The Check’s in the Mail….And Getting Bigger 
Alabama counties will divide some $1.8 million from the state’s growing Simplified Sellers Use Tax program in the next distribution, expected to go out next week. The county […]

Focus on Safety | Hot 5

January 2, 2017

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Got road complaints?
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Focus on Safety 
The newest edition of County Commission, the Association’s magazine, should be in your mailbox any day. The 52-page issue focuses on counties’ safety efforts throughout the state, including details on how one county’s safety efforts produced enough revenue […]

Ethics Requirements | Hot 5

December 26, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Honoring Certification from the Alabama Jail Training Academy
1. Ethics Requirements

Commissioners taking office on Nov. 16, 2016 – both those who were re-elected and those who took office for the first time – have 120 days to complete mandatory training as required by the Alabama Ethics Law.
First-time […]

Getting Ready | Hot 5

December 19, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Local Road and Bridge Survey
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
 
1. Getting Ready
A total of 20 jail professionals from across the state spent two days at the Association office last week preparing for the 2017 Alabama Jail Training Academy classes. This outstanding program provides a certification process for those […]

ATRIP-2: Infrastructure Improvement Plan | Hot 5

December 12, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Rely on DRIVE Alabama
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ATRIP-2: Infrastructure Improvement Plan
Alabama counties spoke with one voice at last week’s ACCA Legislative Conference, voting to support a 3-cent per gallon fuel tax increase to fund a $1.2 billion bond issue for local road and bridge projects. The […]

New ACCA Publications | Hot 5

December 5, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Tag! You’re It
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. New ACCA Publications Released THIS WEEK
Two unique and invaluable publications will be released this week at the ACCA Legislative Conference:

When checking in at the registration desk, county administrators will receive a bundle of 2017 Association Calendars for distribution to county commissioners […]

Big Decisions | Hot 5

November 28, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Preach to the Choir! Share YOUR County’s Success Stories
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
 

1. Two Big Decisions for ACCA Members at Business Session 
Counties will cast votes on not one but two major agenda items at the ACCA Legislative Conference next month. During the Business Session, counties will vote […]

Amendment 4 vs. Limited Self-Governance

November 21, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Thankfulness and #ALCountiesWork
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Amendment 4 vs. Limited Self-Governance
On November 8, Alabama voters ratified Constitutional Amendment 4 which gives counties limited authority to make management and administrative decisions in the following five areas: county personnel programs, community programs related to public properties, public transportation and […]

SIDP Success | HOT 5

November 14, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Thank YOU!
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. SIDP Wraps Another Successful Year
ACCA’s self-insurance funds’ Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) has ended another successful year with participating counties taking countless proactive steps to control risk. It is expected that nearly $600,000 will be sent to counties that applied […]

Counting Write-In Votes | Hot 5

November 7, 2016

PLUS… HOT TIP: County Job Listings
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. New Law on Counting Write-In Votes Effective NOW 
Counting write-in votes this week will be less of an administrative burden than in past elections. The Legislature was successful in amending the provision of Alabama law that had required all write-in votes to be counted on election night. Under […]

Dr. David Bronner | Hot 5

October 31, 2016

PLUS… HOT TIP: Voting YES for Amendments 3, 4 & 14
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Dr. David Bronner to kick off the ACCA Legislative Conference
Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, will kick off the Opening General Session of the ACCA Legislative Conference with a look at state pension reform and how possible changes could affect […]

Insurance Updates | Hot 5

October 24, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Using Comparative Data on Alabama Counties
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Insurance Updates
The deadline for SIDP Application and Documentation is Monday, Oct. 31. Please email all materials to Marcia Collier (mcollier@alabamacounties.org) by this date.
ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Audit Packets have been mailed and are due back by […]

VOTE YES! | Hot 5

October 17, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Sample Social Media Posts on Proposed Constitutional Amendments
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ‘One Voice’ on the November Amendments
On the November ballot, proposed constitutional amendments 3, 4 and 14 will each have a very positive impact on county government, and the Association’s goal is for all 67 […]

SIDP Deadline Approaching | Hot 5

October 10, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Communicating with the News Media Using Your County’s 10-Year Plan
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACCA Safety Incentive Discount Program Deadline Approaching 
This year, Halloween is about more than just “trick or treat” for counties in the 2015-16 Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP), because October 31 is […]

ACCA Property Insurance Program Has Begun | Hot 5

October 3, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Grassroots Group on Facebook – Save Our RSA Retirement
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. ACCA Property Insurance Program Has Begun
The property insurance coverage provided through the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc., officially began on Oct. 1. The Association is pleased that 35 counties and county-related entities elected to […]

Addressing Lowe’s Lawsuits | Hot 5

September 26, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: County Voices on Twitter
PLUS… Key Dates This Week

1. New Law to Help Address Lowe’s Lawsuits Takes Effect This Week 
Thanks to the legislative advocacy of counties, a new law takes effect on Saturday in response to a potentially “astronomical” revenue loss. The law, Act 2016-127, makes it possible for […]

Statewide Transportation Plan | Hot 5

September 19, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Celebrating when #ALCountiesWork
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Public Meetings on Statewide Transportation Plan Start This Week
The Alabama Department of Transportation is holding the first round of public and stakeholder meetings for the Statewide Transportation Plan update. The plan summarizes the current conditions of Alabama’s transportation system and […]

Vote for Butch | Hot 5

September 12, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Toolkit for National Preparedness Month
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Vote for Butch 
Butch Burbage, finance director for Shelby County, currently represents county and city employees on the Local Government Health Insurance Board. His term expires in December and Butch is seeking re-election.
Ballots will be mailed to all health […]

New Health Insurance Rates | Hot 5

September 5, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. New Health Insurance Rates
Last Tuesday the governing board of the Alabama Local Government Health Insurance Program approved new rates for 2017. Rates for individual and family coverage in both the “preferred” and “standard” classifications will be increased by 4 percent. The increase, which […]

Geneva is 1st | Hot 5

August 29, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Putting Convention Photos to Work
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Geneva is First
Beginning Wednesday at midnight, Geneva County will be the very first to have its property insured by the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. Almost 40 counties are expected to follow by insuring their structures, automobiles […]

2016-17 ACCA Leadership | Hot 5

August 22, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
2016-17 ACCA Officers
PLUS… HOT TIP: #ALCountiesWork

PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1.  New ACCA Leadership for 2016-17
A new year has begun in the life of the unified voice of county government, and expectations are high that President Bill Stricklend from Marshall County will guide the Association through another successful year. He is joined […]

Here We Go | Hot 5

August 15, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Just 6 Cents for Better Roads

PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Here We Go Again
The Alabama Legislature will return to Montgomery later today for the year’s first special session. Although the announced focus of the session is to clear the way for a November referendum on an Alabama […]

10-Year Plans Ready | Hot 5

August 8, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: More Evidence that Alabama Voters Support Infrastructure Investment
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. 10-Year County Road Plans Ready for Review
Thanks to local info provided by county engineers, there are now customized 10-Year County Road Plans for all 67 counties. The one-page PDFs detail “What a Difference Six Pennies Make” […]

What a Difference 6 Pennies Make | Hot 5

August 1, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Talking Points for the ACCA Convention
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. What a Difference Six Pennies Can Make in Your County 
With a special session of the Alabama Legislature starting on Aug. 15 (just two weeks away!), today’s deadline for 10-Year Road Plan information is all the more […]

Dark Store Litigation | Hot 5

July 25, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Implementing Act 2016-127 | Dark Store Litigation
In response to the new law related to dark store litigation (Act 2016-127), the Board of the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. approved an endorsement to the coverage document at its June meeting. The endorsement will reverse […]

10-Year County Road Plans | Hot 5

July 18, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: “Tag” the Association
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. DRIVE Alabama 10-year county plans
Last Thursday, over half the state’s county engineers participated in a webinar to showcase DRIVE Alabama’s next statewide advocacy project: the 10-year Road and Bridge report. Each county engineer is urged to complete the attached form, and […]

Property Insurance Update | Hot 5

July 11, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Talking Points | Simplified Sellers Use Tax Remittance Program
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Liability Fund Property Program Update 
Details about the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc.- Property Program (ACCA LSIF-PP) will be previewed at the Insurance Funds’ Membership Meeting held during the ACCA Annual Convention on Tuesday, August […]

Russell Co. Wins at NACo | Hot 5

July 4, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

PLUS… Key Dates This Week
PLUS… HOT TIP: Broadband Savvy
 
 1. Russell County Park wins NACo Achievement Award
The judges for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards were impressed by Russell County Commissioner Chance Corbett’s project to turn a decaying landmark into a community asset. So impressed, in fact, that Crawford Park […]

Big Win for Counties | Hot 5

June 27, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Focus on Economic Development
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Big Win for Alabama’s 67 Counties!
The Simplified Sellers Use Tax Remittance Act (Act 2015-448) was one of the Association’s successful legislative priorities from the 2015 legislative session. This Act, which was developed and drafted at the Association’s Montgomery office, […]

Amendments Are Coming | Hot 5

June 20, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Put Your Smartphone to Work
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Amendments Are Coming
Two Association-sponsored constitutional amendments will appear on the November General Election ballot. The proposed amendments would streamline the process for placing “local” constitutional amendments on the ballot only in the affected county and would provide county […]

Drug-Testing Policy | Hot 5

June 13, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: FEMA App
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Drug Testing/Drug Policy Requirements
If your county’s drug policy states that you will be doing random drug-testing on ALL employees, we ask that you change the wording to say “…random drug-testing on ALL Safety-Sensitive Employees.” You also need to include a list […]

Improving Communication | Hot 5

June 6, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Getting LinkedIn to ACCA
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Help the Association Improve Communication with Membership
The Association staff is calling for volunteers to serve on the newly-formed ACCA Communications Committee. This committee is designed to evaluate and make recommendations on the various ways the ACCA staff communicates with […]

Implementing New Omnibus Pay Act | Hot 5

May 30, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: More Facebook Friends in High Places
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
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 […]

Overflow Hotel Rooms | Hot 5

May 23, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: County Government – the Latest VIRAL Video Phenomenon
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Overflow Hotel Accommodations for the ACCA Convention
The Perdido Beach Resort is full for the duration of the convention in August. We have set up overflow accommodations at the Phoenix condos through Brett Robinson. The closest Phoenix tower […]

Status: Comparative Data | HOT 5

May 16, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Facebook Friends in High Places
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Status Report: Comparative Data Survey
When counties completed the Comparative Data Survey, they provided an incredibly detailed look at county government that can only come from hours of careful, painstaking work. To ensure that your valuable input is […]

New EMA Task Force | HOT 5

May 9, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Meadowbrook’s Safetysurance Update
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Governor Creates Task Force on Emergency Management
A 17-member task force established by Gov. Robert Bentley is set to focus on the financial well-being of emergency management in Alabama. The Alabama Disaster Recovery and Resilience Task Force is charged with […]

Checks on the Way | HOT 5

May 2, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Next Steps for the DRIVE Alabama Coalition
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Membership in the ACCA Liability Fund Has Its Rewards!
Checks totaling almost $1.2 million are being mailed this week to members of the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc. The checks include investment dividends and safety […]

Trust Fund Payments | HOT 5

April 25, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… Make Your Post-Session Plans NOW
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. Trust Fund Payments
This year’s payments to counties from the Alabama Trust Fund will total almost $26 million, which is a slight increase from April of 2015. The funds must be expended on capital projects and bond payments as provided […]

County-by-County Impact of HB 394 | Hot 5

April 18, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HIGH-FIVE for Better Roads Social Media Toolkit
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
1. HB 394: Gamechanging Impact for Each County
While the HIGH-FIVE campaign is helping Alabamians learn how a $0.06 gas tax increase would affect their wallets, numbers are now available so that counties can begin to assess the “gamechanging” impact […]

DRIVE AL Webinar | Hot 5

April 11, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS…  Social Media Toolkit for Severe Weather Safety
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. DRIVE Alabama Webinar THIS THURSDAY
In lieu of the regular ACEA monthly webinar, the Association staff will hold a DRIVE Alabama webinar on this Thursday – April 14 – at 2 p.m. to update all county leaders on […]

Runoff Elections | Hot 5

April 4, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS | DRIVE home the message
1. Primary Runoff Elections Next Week 
Thank you again to each county for sharing election results with the Association! With the Primary Runoff Elections coming up next week on April 12, ACCA asks each county to please once again share election results in commission races […]

SIDP Training – Important Updates | Hot 5

March 28, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS |  Putting the Proposed Gas Tax in Perspective | Chairman & Probate Judge David Money, Henry County
PLUS | Key Dates This Week 
1. SIDP Training – Important Updates
Details for Safety Coordinator training and Public Officials & Administrative Staff training have been finalized and the registration forms are now […]

Boards of Registrars Survey | Hot 5

March 21, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS |  5 Hot Questions for Chairman John Moton Jr., Wilcox Co. | Facebook for a County Commissioner
PLUS | Key Dates This Week
1. Task Force Seeks Statewide Feedback on Boards of Registrars
In the past few months, the Alabama Board of Registrars Legislation Task Force has met twice to discuss the […]

Debt Collection for Counties | Hot 5

March 14, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
BONUS: Look for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on County Days at the Legislature
1. Income Tax Setoff Program
Twelve counties and three county hospitals have received long-overdue revenue from this year’s Income Tax Setoff Program. During the first three months of 2016, more than 1,200 income tax refunds have been intercepted to […]

SIDP Training for Jail Staff | ACCA Hot 5

March 7, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
BONUS: Look for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on the DRIVE Alabama campaign
1. Correctional Officers Use AJTA To Meet SIDP Requirements
In October 2015, the Alabama Jail Training Academy (AJTA) was selected as this year’s required training for law enforcement officers in counties participating in the 2015-16 Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP). While […]

DRIVE to the Senate | Hot 5

February 29, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
BONUS: Look for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on Social Media Manners
 
1. DRIVE Alabama Surveys to the Alabama Senate
The DRIVE Alabama campaign has heard from hundreds of Alabamians about the road projects that they would fix first if additional funding were secured, and this valuable citizen input is about to be shared […]

Lodging Taxes from Airbnb | Hot 5

February 22, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
BONUS: Look for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on local legislation
1. Airbnb to Begin Remitting Lodging Taxes for Alabama Hosts
The Alabama Department of Revenue has reached an agreement with Airbnb, the online marketplace for vacation property rentals and other short-term lodging. Properties rented through Airbnb have always been subject to […]

New Times for County Days | Hot 5

February 15, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
BONUS: Look  for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on a simple and powerful Facebook strategy for the united voice of county government to enhance the DRIVE Alabama campaign. 
1. New Start Time for County Days at the Legislature
The timing couldn’t be better for the beginning 2016’s County Days tomorrow, and all 67 counties […]

FEMA Deductibles? | Hot 5

February 8, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
 
BONUS: Scroll to the end for Hot 5’s Hot Tip on #hashtags
 
1. FEMA Considers Deductible Requirements for Counties
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is considering administrative changes that would require individual deductibles for each county that must be met before federal disaster assistance would be available. Details on this proposal […]

LGHIP Deadlines | Hot 5

February 1, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
 
1. Deadlines Extended: IRS Reporting regarding the Affordable Care Act
Counties participating in the Local Government Health Insurance Program (LGHIP) are required to complete and submit IRS Forms 1094 and 1095 to the IRS and employees. These forms relate to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and LGHIP has released […]

Disaster Aid | Hot 5

January 25, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
1. Federal Disaster Aid for 39 Counties
Many areas of Alabama will have access to federal disaster aid to recover from the effects of late December severe weather. The president has issued a disaster declaration for the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred Dec. 23-31, […]

Joint Transportation Committee Update | Hot 5

January 18, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
 
1. Update to Joint Transportation Committee Schedule
The Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee has revised the schedule for its regional meetings leading up the Regular Session. The previously announced meeting on Jan. 21 in Huntsville has been rescheduled and moved to another city. The committee will now meet Feb. 1 […]

Great News | Hot 5

January 11, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
1. Great News Everyone! 
The long awaited repair to the online registration system has arrived, so counties can now submit group registrations for ACCA events online without fear of being double-billed. As a reminder, you will be required to enter payment information (credit card or PayPal) at […]

District Meetings | Hot 5

January 4, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
1. Long Welcomes District Meeting to Morgan County 1/13
This year’s District Meetings kick off next week in Morgan County, home of ACCA President Ray Long. There is still time for county officials and staff leaders to register for the 6 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and […]

Focus on Safety | Hot 5

January 2, 2016

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
PLUS… HOT TIP: Got road complaints?
PLUS… Key Dates This Week
 
1. Focus on Safety 
The newest edition of County Commission, the Association’s magazine, should be in your mailbox any day. The 52-page issue focuses on counties’ safety efforts throughout the state, including details on how one county’s safety efforts produced enough revenue […]

Legislative Contacts | Hot 5

December 28, 2015

 
This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
1. Sometimes It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
One of the most powerful tools for influencing the legislative process comes into play when county officials and employees have special relationships with a member or members of the House or Senate. History tells us that these […]

6 Weeks to Go | Hot 5

December 21, 2015

REVISED 12/21/15 10:00 A.M.

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
 
1. 6 Weeks ‘til the Session
Tomorrow will mark exactly 6 weeks until the Alabama Legislature is gaveled back into session. Counties are encouraged to be mindful of advertising deadlines for local legislation. If preparations such as identifying a sponsor and/or drafting the bill are […]

New SIDP | Hot 5

December 14, 2015

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
 
1. ACCA SIDP 2015-2016 Guidelines Coming Soon
The ACCA staff has been hard at work updating and revising portions of the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) Guidelines for 2015-2016 and are happy to report that it will be posted online by Friday, Dec. 18. All County Fund Members […]

Deadline FYIs | Hot 5

December 7, 2015

This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know
 
1. Statutory Financial Deadlines
As the end of the calendar year draws near, here are a couple of quick reminders about key deadlines:

Today – Dec. 7 – is the deadline to properly designate the official county depository.
Dec. 31 is the last day to complete the required county financial […]

Legislative Relations | Hot 5

November 30, 2015

1. Legislative & Governmental Relations for County Officials & Employees
Whether you are relatively new to county government or looking to brush up your skills for protecting and advancing county government at the Alabama State House, there is a timely course for you. The Alabama Local Government Training Institute and County Government Education Institute are teaming […]

$10 Million Savings | Hot 5

November 23, 2015

1. Mobile County Residents Have Saved over $10 Million with Coast2Coast Rx
Would you like to share the gift of healthcare savings with citizens in your county? The Coast2Coast Rx Card is a free discount card that allows consumers to access immediate discounts on prescription drugs as well as dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services. In […]

Getting Ready | Hot 5

November 16, 2015

 
1. Getting Ready
The ACCA Legislative Committee and a similar panel from the Alabama Sheriffs Association met last week to focus attention on the 2016 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.  The financial consequences of the new prison reform law was front and center during the two-hour session, but policies were also developed on changes to […]

Comparative Data | Hot 5

November 9, 2015

1. How do other counties handle _____?
One of the strengths of “67counties, One voice” is the way county officials and staff members network as they are evaluating current policies or troubleshooting issues. Members will be pleased to know that the 2015-16 Comparative Data Survey will be going out this week to take a comprehensive look […]

Payroll Audits | Hot 5

November 2, 2015

 
1. Only Two Weeks Left to Return WC Fund Payroll Audit Materials  
ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Members need to return their completed audit materials (i.e., payroll and employee data and the necessary back-up documentation, which includes copies of the quarterly UC 10-R Wage Reports as submitted to DIR/DOL, employee classifications, overtime listings and certain […]

10/31 Workers’ Comp Deadline | Hot 5

October 26, 2015

 
1. Workers’ Comp Information Sheets Due Oct. 31 
Members of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund need to return their completed 2015-2016 Information Sheet by October 31.  This sheet, which is very important to the WC Fund, was included in the WC Renewal Packets mailed in September.  If you have misplaced your copy, please click on […]

SIDP Deadline 10/30 | Hot 5

October 19, 2015

 
1. SIDP Filing Deadline Oct. 30 
All County Fund Members of the ACCA Insurance Programs must file their Safety Incentive Discount Program Application and documentation by email no later than October 30; or by mail – postmarked no later than October 30.  Emails should be sent to: hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org.  Mail should be sent to: ACCA, Attn: Henry van Arcken, […]

Safety Conference | Hot 5

October 12, 2015

 
1. 2015 PESCA Safety Conference 
The Public Employees Safety Council of Alabama (PESCA) will be hosting its 16th Annual Safety Conference in Montgomery at Cramton Bowl on November 5. This one-day conference is an awesome opportunity to meet with public employee safety professionals from all over the state. Please see this PESCA Conference Flyer for more info. […]

Drive AL Wants YOU | Hot 5

October 5, 2015

 
1. DRIVE Alabama Wants YOUR Examples
County leaders understand that local infrastructure drives Alabama forward, and the DRIVE Alabama campaign (Developing a Road and Infrastructure Vision for Everyone in Alabama) needs your help collecting real, specific examples that can help others understand. ACCA learned last week that business has picked up significantly in one Winston County town after an ATRIP resurfacing […]

Payroll Audits | Hot 5

September 28, 2015

 
1. ACCA WC Fund Annual Payroll Audit Packets Have Been Mailed 
The annual payroll audit packets were mailed last week to each ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Member contact person. The packet requests information such as payroll and employee data and necessary back-up documentation to complete the ACCA’s 2014 Fund Year Workers’ Compensation Fund payroll audit. […]

SIDP Checklist | ACCA Hot 5

September 21, 2015

 
1. How To Apply for SIDP
With the 2014-15 Safety Incentive Discount Program Year coming to an end, ACCA has prepared a user-friendly SIDP Checklist to help you apply for your county’s discount. If you have questions about SIDP – including policies already on file for your county and training requirements – contact Marcia Collier at ACCA […]

SIDP Last Call | Hot 5

September 14, 2015

 
1. LAST CALL!  FOR ALL SIDP SAFETY TRAINING
As of September 30, all ACCA-sponsored Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) Safety Training for county insurance fund members will have been completed for the year.

The final two Public Officials/Administrative Staff Employment Training classes will be held this Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Prattville and Thursday, Sept. 17, in Decatur.
The […]

Trust Fund Estimates Inch Up | Hot 5

September 7, 2015

 
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 […]

Long Hits Ground Running | Hot 5

August 31, 2015

 
1. Long Hits Ground Running
In his first week as president of the Association, Ray Long is already making good on his challenge to improve working relationships with other groups and organizations.  Last week Long met with the vice president of the Alabama League of Municipalities to discuss ways our two organizations can work together more […]

New Leadership | Hot 5

August 24, 2015

 
New ACCA Leadership for 2015-16
A new year has begun in the life of “67 Counties, One Voice,” and expectations are high that President Ray Long from Morgan County will steer the Association through another strong year. He is joined by President-Elect Bill Stricklend (Marshall County) and Vice President Steve McKinnon (Dale County). Special appreciation is […]

Insurance Rates & Refunds | Hot 5

August 17, 2015

 
1. Announcing Insurance Rates and Refunds This Week
The Boards of Trustees of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund and the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc. recently held their annual meetings to consider rates for the upcoming Fund year as well as whether refunds will be available to Fund Members. Insurance rates and any refunds will […]

Health Insurance Rates | Hot 5

August 10, 2015

1. Health Insurance Rates for 2016
In response to a projected shortfall of more than $25 million, the newly created governing board of the Local Government Health Insurance Program has approved a 7.8 percent rate increase for the upcoming year. This is only the second time in five years that LGHIP has had an increase. In […]

Revised ACCA Election Process | Hot 5

August 3, 2015

 
1. Key Deadline Approaches in Revised ACCA Election Process
For county officials wanting to serve on the ACCA Board of Directors or Legislative Committee, Thursday is the last day to register as a candidate. Registering by the deadline ensures that your name will be included on the candidate list in registration packets and listed on the […]

Talking Points | Hot 5

July 27, 2015

 
1. Talking Points: ACCA Convention 
What will my county gain when I go to the ACCA Convention? Longtime county officials and employees might say the benefits are “too many to count,” but some things can be counted. For starters, there are at least 29 education credits that can be earned toward continuing education or completion of […]

Fuel Up & Save | Hot 5

July 20, 2015

 
1. Fuel Up by Friday to Save
Hundreds of Alabama county officials and employees will be together in just a month to “Fuel Up for a New Day” and equip their counties for what’s new and what’s next. This Friday is the last day to register for the Annual Convention at the regular rate of $200. […]

Safety Training | Hot 5

July 13, 2015

 
1. Insurance Safety Training Updates
The various ACCA-sponsored training sessions for the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) are well underway. Already deputies had their first Below 100 training in Sylacauga in June. The SIDP-required Deputy Training will be offered Aug. 12 in Houston County and Aug. 27 in Baldwin County. Seating is limited so Safety Coordinators in […]

Final NACo Details | Hot 5

July 6, 2015

 
1. NACo Conference:  Final Details 
The NACo Annual Conference is just around the corner (July 10-13) in Charlotte, NC. Alabama will have a large delegation of almost 100 county representatives at this year’s conference. Check out the Alabama Delegates Program and print a copy to help you plan your time, and is also provides you with a […]

ACCA Leadership | Hot 5

June 29, 2015

 
1. Candidates for ACCA Leadership Positions
The list of candidates for ACCA leadership positions is growing in advance of August elections, and the next deadline is just week away. Candidates for vice president and minority director must register no later than Monday, July 6. Forms and details are at the link above.
 
2. Outstanding Emergency Management
At last […]

20% ROI | ACCA Hot 5

June 22, 2015

 
Want a 20% Return on Investment?
During the last two years, the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. has collected premiums of just more than $20.7 million and has returned $4,307,659 to the participating entities. The dollars returned to the county level came in the form of Safety Incentive Discounts, Investment Refunds and a Longevity Bonus. What a […]

Property Insurance | ACCA Hot 5

June 15, 2015

 
1. Next Steps Begin on Property Insurance
The boards of trustees for both the workers’ compensation and liability insurance funds will gather at ACCA headquarters this week to review financial status, investments and analysis of claims and expenses. In addition, the liability fund’s board agenda includes moving forward on a new service for counties.  One of […]

Deputy Training | ACCA Hot 5

June 8, 2015

1. Accident Prevention for Law Enforcement at SIDP-required training
There are two options next week to satisfy the deputy training requirements* of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds’ Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP). The free, half-day Below 100 course is offered the morning of June 16 and the afternoon of June 17 in Sylacauga. To register, contact Lt. […]

NACo Leadership Opportunities: ACCA Hot 5

June 1, 2015

1. Want to Serve on a NACo Steering Committee? 
County leaders in Alabama have a long track record of influencing NACo activity on issues important to our state’s 67 counties as well as counties across the U.S. If you would like to be part of continuing that tradition, this NACo Steering Committee Nomination Form must be […]

ACAA Works for ONE Voice | ACCA Hot 5

May 25, 2015

1. Strong Leadership Continues in ACAA
The Association of County Administrators of Alabama has chosen its new officers for 2015-2016, and enthusiasm is strong for a busy year with Steve Golsan of Autauga County as president. Clarissa Dear of Wilcox County and Donnie Mims of Montgomery County complete the slate of officers, that, together with the […]

Focused Driver Challenge | ACCA Hot 5

May 18, 2015

 
1. Hands-free Is Not Risk-free 
ACCA’s insurance programs work hard to improve the safety of our county employees. Did you know that 80% of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone? Nothing could be further from the truth. Studies have shown that hands-free devices are no safer because the brain remains […]

Finish Strong at the State House | ACCA Hot 5

May 11, 2015

 
1. Webinar: Home Stretch of Regular Session
Though the time is growing short, this session of the Alabama Legislature is doing anything but winding down. Commissioners are fighting unfunded mandates and attempts to divert dollars that counties depend on for vital services. Please pre-register for the 10:30 a.m. webinar on May 18. In just 30 minutes, […]

Hot 5: New Insurance Trustee

May 4, 2015

 
New Liability Board Trustee
Last week the ACCA Board of Directors appointed Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson to serve on the ACCA Liability Insurance Self-Insurance Fund Inc.’s Board of Trustees. As part of the 15-member board, Hutcheson will be responsible for setting policy, providing financial direction and establishing the annual premium contributions for each fund […]

Hot 5: National Co. Engineer of Year

April 27, 2015

 
National Rural County Engineer of the Year from Elmore Co., AL
Hearty congratulations are extended to County Engineer Richie Beyer from Elmore County, who has been named the 2015 Rural County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). Richie is a past president of NACE and the Association of County Engineers […]

Hot 5: New Training Opportunity for Jail Officers

April 20, 2015

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Hosting NIJO Training 
The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) will be holding a Legal-Based Training Seminar, Proactive Jail Management: Key Litigation Issues & Prisoner Rights, on May 6-8 in Mobile. NIJO, which provides the Alabama Legal-Based Jail Guidelines to the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund and its members, developed the curriculum for the […]

Hot 5: EMA Advisory Committee

April 13, 2015

Advisory Committee Begins Work
A panel of seven county officials and employees will soon begin meeting with State EMA Director Art Faulkner and his senior staff on ways to improve the delivery of services at both the state and county level. The group includes four local emergency management directors, a county engineer, county administrator and county […]

Hot 5: Can’t Miss Conferences

April 6, 2015

 
You Won’t Want to Miss These
Time is growing short to register for the Association of County Engineers of Alabama’s Conference on May 12-13 or the Association of County Administrators of Alabama’s Conference on May 13-14. Both conferences are based at the beautiful Perdido Beach Resort, with packed agendas of top-notch professional development.
 
Bookmark It: Find Your […]

Hot 5: Got AL’s Jail Guidelines?

March 30, 2015

Is Your County Using the Alabama Legal-Based Jail Guidelines?
The ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. is offering its County Fund Members the Alabama Legal-Based Jail Guidelines, which are the ONLY legal-based guidelines available specifically to Alabama. Participation in this program by sheriffs and their administrative staff has proven to help counties reduce lawsuits, stemming from issues […]

Hot 5: Workers’ comp audit

March 23, 2015

Workers’ Compensation Final Audit Process Completed
The final audit process for the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund for 2013-14 has been completed.  For Fund Members whose actual payroll exceeded their estimated payroll, invoices for the additional premium contribution have been sent and are due upon receipt of the invoice.  For Fund Members whose actual payroll was […]

Hot 5: Welcome to the Fund

March 16, 2015

 
Talladega County Joins Fund
After becoming part of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Fund in October, the Talladega County Commission will join the Association’s Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. on April 1. The latest addition means 57 Alabama counties are full participants in the liability program. Established in 1986, the fund has now grown to $10 million in […]

Hot 5: Liability Refund Checks

March 9, 2015

 
Liability Fund Refunds Being Sent This Week

Checks totaling nearly $1.2 million are being mailed this week to members of the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc.  The checks include investment dividends and safety incentives for qualified counties.  Questions?  Contact Henry van Arcken (hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org) or Marcia Collier (mcollier@alabamacounties.org).
 
Get Your Legislative Reports
Starting this week, the ACCA’s Legislative Reports […]

Hot 5: Get Set, Go! To the State House

March 2, 2015

 
Get Set, Go! To the Alabama State House
Tomorrow is the first day of the 2015 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, with both chambers going into session at noon. Please watch your inbox for updates through ACCA’s new legislative tracking and communication system, and a link to the tracking system will be available on the […]

Hot 5: Paving Way for Economic Development

February 23, 2015

PAVED links transportation infrastructure to economic development
ACCA has joined with business, higher education and other governmental organizations in the state to form the Partnership for Alabama’s Vision for Economic Development (PAVED) to build support for improving the state’s transportation system. An adequate transportation system is essential for Alabama’s economy to grow, and PAVED points out […]

Hot 5: Prison reform

February 16, 2015

Legislators Can Hear County Views on Prison Reform 8 Times This Week
Prison reform is one of the top issues county leaders will be tracking when the legislative session begins, and there are eight different opportunities this week for county officials to convey their concerns to state legislators. That is one of many issues that will […]

Hot 5: Prison Reform

February 9, 2015

 
Prison Reform Report Almost Ready
ACCA staff and officers continue meetings with those drafting the much-anticipated prison reform legislation to be introduced in the 2015 session. Counties and sheriffs continue to be concerned that the recommendations will rely too heavily on the county jail as a conduit for reducing the state’s overcrowding problems. County officials are encouraged […]

Hot 5: NACo Leadership Opportunities

February 2, 2015

NACo Leadership Opportunities
Would you like to represent Alabama counties on a NACo policy committee and help shape county government advocacy on important issues? There are openings on two committees: the Public Lands Steering Committee and the Telecommunication and Technology Steering Committee. If you are interested in volunteering, call Marcia Collier at ACCA (334-263-7594) no later […]

Hot 5: Checks in the Mail

January 26, 2015

Workers’ Compensation Refunds on the Way
Checks totaling nearly $945,000 are being sent to members of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund. The checks include investment dividends and safety incentives for qualified counties. Have questions? Contact Henry van Arcken.
 
ACCMA Comes to Montgomery
There’s still time for elected officials and county employees to register for the Alabama City/County […]

Hot 5: Never Stronger than Weakest County

January 19, 2015

Never Stronger Than Alabama’s Weakest County
The impact of “67 counties, ONE voice” cannot be separated from efforts at the local level, and 19 newly re-elected second-term commissioners started their journey last week to enhance their leadership and expertise in county government by participating in PLAN, the Practical Leadership Action Network. For the next year and […]

Hot 5: NACo Breakfast in D.C.

January 12, 2015

Alabama Congressional Breakfast at NACo
If you are attending the NACo Legislative Conference, please register for the Alabama Congressional Breakfast, scheduled for February 24 at 8 a.m. in SR-485 of the Senate Russell Building. All members of Alabama’s Congressional Delegation have been invited, so it is very important that we have a good representation of county […]

Hot 5: Priority task in February

January 5, 2015

 
Tax levy at 1st meeting in February
As you are preparing agendas for upcoming commission meetings, it is critically important for the county’s ad valorem tax levy to be set at the first meeting in February 2015. Legislation enacted in 2014 changed this process so that the 2015 levy will not have to be repeated every […]

Hot 5: New EMA Education Requirement

December 29, 2014

New Education Requirement for EMA 
Starting Jan. 1, emergency managers who have earned the CLEM certification (certified local emergency manager) will need specific continuing education by late 2016 to maintain their certification. Counties with a CLEM-certified EMA director are eligible for either a salary subsidy for the director or additional federal funds. Here are the AEMA announcement of […]

Hot 5: Spring Cleanup April 18-25

December 22, 2014

Spring Cleanup set for April 18-25
The Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) will hold its annual spring “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” cleanup April 18-25 of 2015. AL PALS will provide the bags, program brochures and publicity materials for the cleanup. Please share this information with any community groups that would be interested in […]

Hot 5: 400 & Counting

December 15, 2014

400 and Counting
Through its bid letting on Dec. 5, 2014, the Alabama Department of Transportation has now let some 400 local road and bridge construction projects to contract as part of the ATRIP program initiated by Gov. Robert Bentley. The bid projects total $484 million, including both local and federal funds. County-sponsored projects make up […]

Hot 5: Why cyber liability?

December 8, 2014

1. Why cyber liability insurance?
This recent example from Tennessee, shows why cyber liability is a new part of the ACCA insurance offerings beginning Jan. 1. The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office was hit with “ransomware,” software that infects a computer network and holds the data hostage for money. Because the county lacked an adequate backup for […]

Hot 5: Welcome to Montgomery!

December 1, 2014

Welcome to Montgomery!
The ACCA officers, board members and staff are looking forward to welcoming county officials and employees to the Capital City this week. The ACCA Legislative Conference is where important decisions are made for the one voice of county government for the upcoming year, and there are several other events as well. There’s orientation […]

Hot 5: Safety tips, ACCA directories & more

November 24, 2014

 
Safety coordinator tips
These 5 Essential Responsibilities of Safety Supervisors offer some useful advice to help safety coordinators focus their efforts for maximum impact. This 2-page PDF offers quick tips on training, support, enforcement, supervision and leadership. The combined safety improvements of the members of ACCA’s Self-Insurance Funds have helped reduce injuries and loss of life, as well […]

HOT 5: ACCA PROPOSED BY-LAW AMENDMENTS

November 3, 2014

1. ACCA Proposed By-law Amendments The Association will hold a Business Session at the Legislative Conference on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Conference Center.  One of the items on the agenda for the business session is the approval of proposed changes to the ACCA by-laws.  You can download […]

Hot 5: Fight Am. 2 and more

October 20, 2014

Opposition to Amendment 2 Gets Some Buzz
Counties around the state have been communicating ACCA’s opposition to Amendment 2 on the statewide ballot next month at recent commission meetings, and some counties have even adopted their own resolution opposing the amendment to withdraw $50 million in principal from the Alabama Trust Fund with no provision for […]

Hot 5: Insurance, legislative news

October 13, 2014

Workers’ Compensation Renewals Due
Renewal packets were mailed to members of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund in early September for the current Fund year, which began October 1, 2014.  Included in the packet were the Participation Agreement and Information Sheet as well as the Declarations Page and Invoice.  The Participation Agreement should be signed by the Chairman […]

Hot 5: Vote “no” on Am. 2 & more

October 6, 2014

Vote “no” on Amendment 2
Alabama counties voted in August at the ACCA Convention to oppose Amendment 2 on the statewide ballot next month. As you may recall, this amendment would authorize the state to borrow $50 million for improvements at National Guard armories, with the debt repaid from the principal of the Alabama Trust Fund. […]

Hot 5: CGEI schedule, survey report & more

September 29, 2014

Talladega County, welcome aboard
ACCA is pleased to welcome Talladega County to the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund effective Oct. 1. Talladega makes the 59th county where commissioners have found that the best way to manage risk is through a self-insurance pool composed of counties and governed by county leaders. There’s no profit motive, and coverage […]

Hot 5: CGEI, CROAA webinar & more

September 22, 2014

Learning the Legislative Process
The County Government Education Institute, which offers professional development for county employees and county attorneys, is offering the Legislative & Governmental Relations class Nov. 17-18 in Prattville. This is an invaluable course, since the successful future of county government is linked directly to positive relationships with the Alabama Legislature, the governor’s office […]

Hot 5: Training for jailers, deputies & more

September 15, 2014

ACAA members, are you registered?
You won’t want to miss the next webinar, which will cover how to handle details for newly elected commissioners (bond amounts, oath of office, etc.) as well as a refresher on buying at auctions and an update on the debt setoff pilot program. The September County Chat with ACAA webinar is […]

Hot 5: Training dates, ACEA webinar & more

September 8, 2014

SIDP Required Training Deadline Approaching!
Seats for the required Safety Incentive Discount Program Training are filling up fast and there are several counties that have yet to register. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 17th. Attendance at the Safety Coordinator Training and the Public Officials/Administrative Training is required every year. To qualify for the Safety Incentive […]

Hot 5: Tax appeal deadline, prison reform & more

September 1, 2014

Deadline nears for Alabama Tax Tribunal participation
There will be a new process for appeals of all taxes (other than ad valorem) next month, and counties that do not use the Alabama Department of Revenue for their collections have until Oct. 1 to make an initial decision on whether to participate. Unless these counties officially […]

Hot 5: Insurance, elections & policy teams

August 25, 2014

Renewals For Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund Members
The 2014-2015 Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund renewal packets will be mailed during the first week of September to each Fund Member’s pre-assigned Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coordinator. If you want to confirm who is your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coordinator, please email Marcia Collier at mcollier@alabamacounties.org. The renewal packet will include […]

Hot 5: Convention, ADEM grants, safety training & more

August 18, 2014

Corrections at a Crossroads: Convention 2014 is here!
Possibly the biggest challenge facing counties today is the unknown local impact of the likely reforms to the embattled state corrections system, and that’s why Wednesday’s Opening General Session of ACCA’s 2014 Convention is focused on Corrections at a Crossroads. That conversation will continue when the County Prison […]

Hot 5: Convention news, NACo posts & more

August 11, 2014

Convention is just a week away
Your ACCA staff is working hard to put the finishing touches on what promises to be an outstanding Annual Convention this year, and our focus on “Corrections at a Crossroads” and other timely topics has drawn great interest from leaders in and out of county government throughout the state. The […]

Hot 5: Health insurance, transportation $ & more

August 4, 2014

LGHIP: No changes recommended
Most counties provide health insurance to employees and some officials through the Local Government Health Insurance Program. The Local Government Advisory Committee has recommended no changes to premiums or benefits for the calendar year that begins Jan. 1. The committee’s recommendation still must be approved by the State Employees’ Insurance Board, which […]

Hot 5: Burbage wins, SelfGov.net returns & more

July 28, 2014

County candidate wins LGHIB election
Congratulations to Butch Burbage of Shelby County for winning a seat on the Local Government Health Insurance Board! Much appreciation is due to the many members of the county family who supported Butch and encouraged others to cast their ballots. Going into the election, Butch faced a sizable disadvantage because municipal […]

Hot 5: Money savings, AL prisons in national spotlight

July 21, 2014

Want to save $25?
Budgets are tight all over, so don’t you want to save $25 for your county? It’s easy – register now for the ACCA Annual Convention coming up Aug. 19-21 in Orange Beach. It’s jam-packed with timely information to strengthen county government in your county. The registration fee is $185 right now, but […]

Hot 5: Elections, prison overcrowding & free training

July 14, 2014

Just a few days left to vote for Burbage
Friday is the deadline to cast votes in the election for the Local Government Health Insurance Board, the new governing board for the health insurance program that most counties offer to employees. Don’t you want as many county voices as possible on the board that will make […]

Hot 5: Candidate forum full, deadlines approach & more

July 7, 2014

Deadline approaching for two ACCA leadership positions
Time is growing short for commissioners who would like to be considered for two key leadership positions in ACCA – second vice president and minority director. The necessary form is available in Convention Notes, and it must be returned no later than July 18.
 
Insurance-related training update
County administrators and safety […]

Hot 5: Vote for Burbage & more

June 30, 2014

Cast your vote for Burbage
Voting for the city/county seat on the new Local Government Health Insurance Board starts tomorrow, and counties will have to work hard to help Butch Burbage, Shelby County’s finance manager, beat the odds and top his city opponent. This campaign flyer has some helpful information about voting, which is open until […]

Hot 5: Deadlines for awards & AAND, new tax exemption takes effect

June 23, 2014

AAND early registration ends tomorrow
The AAND One-Day Workshop is just a little more than 2 weeks away. Members will want to make sure they are registered for the day of professional development as well as a business session to consider bylaws changes. The workshop is Tuesday, July 8, in Prattville. Early registration ends tomorrow. Register […]

Hot 5: Defensive driving, election expenses & awards

June 16, 2014

 
More training coming soon: defensive driving for deputies
Counties in the ACCA insurance funds will want to be watching for details about upcoming defensive driving classes being offered around the state. These courses will satisfy the training requirement for the Safety Incentive Discount Program. Exact dates and times will be emailed to county safety coordinators in […]

Hot 5: NACo opportunities, corrections & heavy equipment

June 9, 2014

NACo leadership opportunities 
If you would like to have a voice in creating the legislative policies of the National Association of Counties, then consider serving on one of the following NACo steering committees:

Agriculture & Rural Affairs;
Community & Economic Development;
Environment, Energy & Land Use;
Finance & Intergovernmental Affairs;
Health;
Human Services & Education;
Justice & Public Safety;
Labor & Employment;
Public Lands;
Telecommunications & […]

Hot 5: Self-governance, ACEA & prison reform

June 2, 2014

East Alabama county trying for self-governance in November
The Russell County Commission has voted to put the Alabama Limited Self-Governance Act powers on the ballot Nov. 4, and there is still time for others that may be interested in addressing issues such as junkyards, litter, unsanitary sewage or animal control. As the link above explains, commissions […]

Hot 5: Health insurance, joint bid & more

May 26, 2014

Burbage runs for LGHIB
A county government candidate has announced that he intends to run for an elected seat on the Local Government Health Insurance Board, the new board that will oversee the health insurance program widely used by counties. Butch Burbage is finance manager for Shelby County, a long-time active member of ACCA, and an […]

Hot 5: Debris, ACAA, ACEA & more

May 19, 2014

Debris removal update
At latest count, 18 Alabama counties have received federal disaster declarations from FEMA for damage sustained in recent severe weather, which is a necessary step for public assistance. Three of those – Blount, Lee and Limestone – have activated debris removal and/or monitoring contracts through the ACCA Joint Bid Program. If your county […]

Hot 5: AAEM event, insurance renewals & more

May 12, 2014

AAEM: Get your hotel reservations this week
The Alabama Association of Emergency Managers’ Summer Conference is coming up in just a little over a month, and time is short to reserve your hotel room at the group rate. May 17 is the last day to get your room at the Marriott in Prattville. Get the details
 
Insurance […]

Hot 5: Book your convention lodging now

May 5, 2014

Alabama hosts national meeting for county insurers
County Reinsurance Ltd., which provides reinsurance for both ACCA insurance funds, sets its annual spring board meeting at locations all across the country. This week the group will be at The Grand Hotel in beautiful Baldwin County. ACCA is proud to show off Alabama to CRL members and staff. ACCA […]

Hot 5: Ethics deadline, policy teams and more

April 28, 2014

Ethics filing due Wednesday
County officials and employees are reminded that Wednesday is the annual deadline to submit your Statements of Economic Interest disclosure to the Alabama Ethics Commission.
 
Golfers needed
For those of you attending the Association of County Engineers of Alabama Conference on May 13-14, additional golfers are needed. The cost is $35/player.  If you would […]

Hot 5 | Retiree bonuses, drug testing employees and more

April 21, 2014

Retiree bonus estimates
Legislation passed this year (Act 2014-429) would allow counties to provide a one-time bonus to retirees in October. Only retirees who began receiving benefits before Oct. 1, 2013, would be eligible, and the law specifies that the bonus must be $2 per month for each month of service or $300, whichever is greater. […]

Hot 5: Legislative Wrap-up Webinar & more

April 14, 2014

Legislative Webinar on Thursday – sign up now
ACCA has scheduled a special Legislative Session Wrap-up Webinar for 11 a.m. Thursday. In a packed 30-minute session, ACCA will provide highlights of county-backed bills that became law with special emphasis on those that will take some implementation. There will also be opportunity for ACCA members to provide […]

Hot 5 | April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

State House status
Many, many thanks to everyone throughout county government who played an active role in the 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature! Counties have many positive accomplishments, and this would not be possible without you. A Preliminary Report was released last week, and ACCA is working on a detailed report that will follow.
 
CGEI […]

Hot 5 | March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014

NACo awards deadline extendedThere are two more weeks left to apply for national recognition through the 2014 NACo Achievement Awards. Does your county have an innovative program that modernizes county government and increase services to county residents? Maybe your county has started a citizens academy this year or created some other new outreach to help […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014

CGEI elective class on general management coming up next monthWednesday, April 2, is the deadline to register for the County Government Education Institute’s General Management Course, offered April 16-17 in Prattville. This class is designed to provide supervisory personnel with valuable skills to improve their effectiveness as managers of county government departments. This is an elective […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

Pardon our progressACCA is shifting to a new system for sending group emails that should be more reliable and effective. For many of you, this Hot 5 is the first message you’ve received from the new system.  Messages may continue to be sent using the old system for a few more days. Please let us […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

Two big legislative opportunitiesFirst, counties need to have a big presence in the State House tomorrow. Representatives from Cherokee, Chilton, Crenshaw, Limestone, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox and Winston counties were already invited for the next-to-last County Day @ the Legislature of the year, and ACCA wants to boost that crowd with anyone else who can come. […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Scholarship deadline is April 4 There’s just a month left to get in applications for the 2014-2015 scholarships from the Association of County Engineers of Alabama. Here’s the application with all the details.
Check your mailbox The March/April issue of “County Commission” magazine is on its way to you, featuring innovation in Chilton County, an interview […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

Is your county getting a longevity bonus?ACCA would like to thank the many county members – 96 percent, in fact — of the Liability Self-Insurance Fund who have already executed participation agreements to renew their fund membership for 2015-18. The fund is governed by county leaders just like you, who work hard to make sure […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

When is YOUR County Day @ the Legislature?Since the winter weather lead ACCA to cancel activities planned for Tuesday, Feb. 11, there are several counties that need to reschedule their trips to the State House. The following counties – Coffee, Escambia, Etowah, Hale, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Marion, Marshall and Russell — can contact Brandy Perry at […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

Legislative Issues Webinar on ThursdayIt’s never been more important for county leaders to play an active role in the state legislative process, and a great way to improve your understanding of the critical issues at stake is to take part in the next Legislative Issues Webinar. The next scheduled time for ACCA staff members to […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

Workers’ compensation refunds on the wayChecks totaling nearly $880,000 are being sent to members of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers Fund. The checks include final audit refunds, investment dividends and safety incentives for qualified counties. For counties where the actual payroll exceeded estimates, invoices for additional premium contribution have been sent and are payable ASAP. Have […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

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.) 
Attn: Emergency managersThe Alabama Association of Emergency Managers has started a newsletter, and the first issue is […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 20, 2014

January 20, 2014

CGEI General Accounting course just a month awayThe deadline to register for the County Government Education Institute’s General Accounting class on Feb. 19-20 is coming up soon. Governmental accounting is highly specialized, and this class is taught be representatives from the Examiners of Public Accounts as well as long-time county administrators. (Note: Attorneys can earn […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

State of Alabama Governor’s Preparedness ConferenceThe Alabama Emergency Management Agency has a stellar agenda for this four-day conference that starts March 31. The line-up features Gov. Robert Bentley and Lt. Paul Vance from the Connecticut State Police, who will speak about crisis communication during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting tragedy, plus dozens of other state […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 6, 2014

January 6, 2014

Heading to Washington, D.C.ACCA President Debbie Wood and ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield are headed to Washington, D.C., this week for the annual meeting of association executives and presidents to review NACo’s federal legislative agenda and to discuss future programs that will be offered to counties throughout the nation. Sonny is scheduled to speak about […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 30, 2013

December 30, 2013

Save the dateThe Alabama Emergency Management Agency is hosting the Governor’s Preparedness Conference March 31- April 4 in Montgomery. The event is designed to bring together local, state and federal partners to prepare for the next disaster or emergency while building a comprehensive network that ensures all understand their key role in the process of managing […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 23, 2013

December 23, 2013

Attn: AdministratorsWednesday is the deadline to register for County Administration Update Class on Jan. 8 and 9.
Counting on the SIDP discount?For members of the ACCA Self-Insurance Funds, time is running out to complete the Safety Incentive Discount Program for 2012-13.  Safety verification forms, signed by the chairman, showing that your county has completed all 9 […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 16, 2013

December 16, 2013

Reminders for Road Supervisors TrainingYou can click here for all the details about the Road Supervisors Training on Jan. 27 and 28, and there are a couple of important reminders. The deadline to reserve a room at the reduced rate is Dec. 27, so you’ll want to take care of that soon. Also, organizers are […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 9, 2013

December 9, 2013

2014 ACCA Legislative Program, Priorities finalizedMany thanks to everyone who attended the ACCA Legislative Conference last week, which was a big success. In addition to all the networking and professional development, the big accomplishment of the event was adoption of the ACCA’s 2014 Legislative Program and Legislative Priorities. As always, we will all be very busy […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund RenewalsThe declarations pages and invoices for the 2014 ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Year will be mailed to fund members on Tuesday, Dec. 3.  Premium contributions are due Jan. 1 and are considered overdue if not paid by Jan. 31.  If any fund member has not received a liability renewal packet by […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

Workers’ compensation audit forms & data deadline approachingACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers Fund audit packets were mailed to fund members in September and are due Dec. 1.  With the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, counties that have not returned their audit form and data now have at most four business days to comply.  Any questions regarding audit […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

County Chat with ACAAAdministrators, your regularly scheduled webinar is coming early this month because of the Thanksgiving holiday, so we will actually gather (virtually) this Wednesday at 2 p.m. Here’s the registration link. One topic that will definitely be on the agenda is the County Administration Update class scheduled for Jan. 8 and 9. If […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 11, 2013

November 11, 2013

Become a State House insiderDuring the last legislative session, many county commissioners – especially those who took office in 2012 – told ACCA that they wanted to know more about the legislative process. In response, ACCA scheduled a class just for you – Legislative & Governmental Relations, Dec. 3-4 in Birmingham. The class is coordinated […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

Looking for safety training?County safety coordinators may want to consider checking out the one-day conference organized by the Public Safety Employees Safety Council of Alabama. The event is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Montgomery, and more information is available at this link. Questions? Email Henry van Arcken.
County Chat with ACEAThis Wednesday is another County Chat […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 28, 2013

October 28, 2013

Directory proofs are on their wayACCA is in high gear on the 2014 Membership Directory, and the next step is for county administrators to review draft pages for their county, circulate the draft pages to the individuals listed to make sure information is correct and complete (mailing address, phone and email for all commissioners) and […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

Stellar line-up for ACCA Legislative ConferenceIt’s never too soon to register for the ACCA Legislative Conference, which falls on Dec. 4-5 this year. Check out this list of confirmed speakers for the opening general session: Gov. Robert Bentley, Secretary of State Jim Bennett on recent election changes, Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier on the […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 14, 2013

October 14, 2013

Counties rock ATRIP Status ReportsGov. Robert Bentley’s office has been very pleased with county efforts on last week’s ATRIP Status Reports. Counties all over the state organized events to announce the latest on their ATRIP projects, and so far ACCA has documented 52 different instances of news coverage.  That is an incredible  media blitz, with broadcast […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 7, 2013

October 7, 2013

ATRIP Status Reports statewide on WednesdayEach county’s preparations for Wednesday’s statewide ATRIP Status Reports should be well underway at this point. Please don’t hesitate to call ACCA with questions. Just call 334-263-7594 and ask for Sonny Brasfield or Sallie Gowan. This morning, ACCA is sending notice to its statewide media list that these events are […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 30, 2013

September 30, 2013

Webinar about next ATRIP announcementsACCA has been working to coordinate efforts with Governor Bentley’s office and the Alabama Department of Transportation, and all 67 counties need to be represented on an ACCA webinar tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. for a briefing on the next ATRIP announcements and plans for coordinated news conferences around the state next […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 23, 2013

September 23, 2013

Next County Chat with ACAAIt’s time for the next County Chat with the Association of County Administrators of Alabama. The webinar will be this week on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m., and you can use this link to register. (If you want to mark your calendars for future webinars, they are usually scheduled on […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 16, 2013

September 16, 2013

Last chance to volunteer for legislative Policy TeamsThe deadline to volunteer to help with one of the ACCA Policy Teams has been extended until 5 p.m. today – so take a look at the list of teams and let us know which issue interests you. Maybe it’s Revenue Protection, or Justice & Public Safety or […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 9, 2013

September 9, 2013

Have you picked your Policy Team?There’s always lot of enthusiasm from officials and employees about working on county issues in the Alabama Legislature, and this year ACCA’s process is completely different. In fact, it’s so different that you must volunteer to serve on one of the new Policy Teams instead being appointed. This way you […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 2, 2013

September 2, 2013

Remembering CSI: Critical Security InitiativesWant to track down a presentation or handout from ACCA’s 2013 Annual Convention? Many of them are collected online at this page. If you don’t find what you are looking for, email Sallie Gowan. 
Happy Labor Day!The ACCA office is closed today, and it will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 26, 2013

August 26, 2013

Constitutional Revision Commission advances county recommendation   When the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission met last week, the panel voted to endorse a change long-sought by counties. Under the commission’s new recommendation, it would take three negative votes in the Senate or nine negative votes in the House to force a local constitutional amendment to a statewide […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 19, 2013

August 19, 2013

Preview the ACCA ConventionThe big activities kick off tomorrow in Orange Beach, and you can get a sneak peek at “CSI: Critical Security Initiatives” by looking at the latest issue of County Commission magazine.
Want a 20 percent refund?Counties that are members of the ACCA Liability Insurance Self-Insurance Fund can get a refund equal to 20 […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

Health insurance adjustmentsAfter 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. […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 5, 2013

August 5, 2013

New photo voter ID lawThe secretary of state’s office has proposed rules for implementing Alabama’s new photo voter identification law, and a public comment period is open until Sept. 4. Use the following link to get the proposed rules and instructions if you would like to comment.
Tee it upWho wants a fun round of golf and […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

Simulated driving situations, real safety gainsThe ACCA Self-Insurance Funds wrapped up the second round of driving simulator training last week in Etowah County. So far more than 200 county personnel have gone through the simulator — about half deputies and half from the road departments – and those trained said it was an effective tool […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

County Chat with ACEAEngineers, mark your calendars for the next ACEA webinar, which will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. (The webinar registration link will come later in a separate email.) The agenda will include a discussion of proposed updates to the ACEA bylaws that have been developed by a committee of engineers […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013

No more preclearanceThe U.S. Justice Department has issued a statement that, in light of Shelby County v. Holder, it will not be making any determination regarding pending or prospective preclearance applications, meaning that there is no need to continue sending applications. To learn more, visit this webpage.
Grant deadline extendedThe deadline to apply for most categories […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 1, 2013

July 2, 2013

Redistricting deadlines approach   The deadline to complete redistricting before the 2014 elections is just five months away. This applies to counties that: 1) have not redrawn districts since the 2010 census, and 2) want to use revised district lines for the 2014 election cycle. Mary Pons has prepared “Redistricting the County Commission” to advise you about […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013

Mark your calendars for Fort Worth, TexasAt 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 ThursdayThere’s […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013

Reminder on tornado assistanceCounties affected by the April 2011 tornadoes will want to be sure to have someone at this week’s forum about Supplemental Disaster Recovery Funds. The event organized by ADECA is Thursday in Cullman, and you can get all the details from this memo. 
CDBG $ announcedThe federal government has announced funding for Community […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 3, 2013

June 3, 2013

4B8MONStan Batemon and several supporters of his campaign from throughout the country helped “spread the word” about Stan during the recent Western Interstate Region conference in Arizona. Reports on his campaign continue to be very positive with new supporters joining “Team Batemon” weekly. However, all three other candidates are working hard and county officials are […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

Attn: Insurance fund membersAll information related to training required for the Safety Incentive Discount program is now available in one place, on the Insurance-related Training page at www.alabamacounties.org. If you need to find this page again, it is the first choice listed under insurance in the big blue menu bar at the bottom of every […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

ACCMA conference registration openMembers of the Alabama City/County Management Association will gather June 12-14 in Orange Beach for the group’s summer conference, which is organized around the theme, “Local Government: Policies, Practices & Applications. To view the agenda or register for the event, please visit the ACCMA website. For more information, contact Marcia Collier. 
Got your […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

RAMP projects announcedGov. Robert Bentley announced the 254 projects that will be funded through the RAMP portion of ATRIP this morning with a news release. Here’s a link to the list of RAMP projects.
How are we doing?ACCA needs to hear from you! We want to know how well our legislative communication tools work for you, […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

Legislative webinar TODAYJoin the ACCA staff “in the huddle” to find out how you and others from your county can play your best defense “in the red zone” to affect these bills that could hobble county government for decades to come. Please register for “2 Minute Drill: Danger Bills in the Session’s Final Days” this […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

Engineers converge on the State HouseTomorrow is the last ACCA Affiliate Day @ the Legislature this year, and this one is reserved for the Association of County Engineers of Alabama. Here’s a schedule, and please email Donna Key if you can be there. It will be a great day to flood the State House with […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013

Attn: County attorneysThe Alabama Bar Association has approved upcoming County Government Education Institute courses for continuing legal education (CLE) credit. Each course is worth 12 CLE credits, and a full schedule is available online. Questions? Contact Mary Pons.
Ethics filingsThe deadline for public officials and employees to submit their Statement of Economic Interests to the Alabama […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

Convention hotel reservationsCounties should have received information about how to book hotel rooms for the ACCA Convention, Aug. 20-22. If you want to be sure you stay onsite at the Perdido Beach Resort, you will want to reserve a room soon because hotel information will be going out to vendors and exhibitors shortly. Questions? Contact […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013

9-1-1 flat rate reducedWhen the Permanent Oversight Commission on 9-1-1 met last week, members voted to reduce the statewide rate from $1.80 per month to $1.70 per month. There is still one more round of review, since the statewide board has 30 days to make changes. The rate is scheduled to go into effect Oct. […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

911 funds front and centerThe Permanent Oversight Commission on 911, established by the last year’s 911 reform act, will hold an important meeting to review the proposed new statewide funding mechanism for local districts Tuesday at 11 a.m. The commission is expected to discuss and take action on the proposed rate of $1.80 per month […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

Attn: County attorneysLegal representatives for Alabama’s counties won’t want to miss this CLE opportunity. “Legal Issues Facing City & County Government” is a two-day seminar scheduled for May 3-4 at the Perdido Beach Resort.
 
Preparing for DisastersThat’s the theme for the 2013 AAEM Summer Conference, scheduled for June 11-13 at Lake Guntersville State Park. Registration is […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

AAEM: Meet us at the State HouseTomorrow is AAEM Day @ the Legislature, so make sure you are planning to join us at the State House starting at 11 a.m. The day will kick off with a legislative briefing from the ACCA staff (likely topics include bills relating to emergency drills at schools, the First […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013

Sequestration to trim PILT $Counties that receive PILT (payments in lieu of taxes) from the federal government can expect those payments to be trimmed 5.1 percent this year due to budget sequestration, as this letter explains.
 
Lightning safetyDid you know that The Weather Channel ranks Alabama as the No. 4 most lightning-prone state in the country? […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

ACCA’s mailing addressPlease make sure you have updated your records to show that the mailing address for ACCA (and all affiliate groups) is P.O. Box 5040, Montgomery, AL 36103. We continue to receive checks mailed to the street address.
On Capitol HillNearly 90 representatives of Alabama county government are in Washington, D.C., for the NACo Legislative […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 25, 2013

February 25, 2013

One-time money coming soonThe one-time payments from the Alabama Trust Fund resulting from a re-calculation of the fund’s earnings should be distributed to counties in April. The distribution will total approximately $38 million. An estimate of the amounts that will be received by each county can be found by clicking here.
Alabama Trust Fund annual distributionIn […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 11, 2013

February 11, 2013

Innovation in Alabama county governmentDo you have an innovative program that modernizes county government and increases services to county residents? You could be a winner in the 2013 NACo Achievement Awards, a non-competitive recognition program. Awards are given in 21 categories ranging from criminal justice to county administration to information technology. The deadline to apply […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 4, 2013

February 4, 2013

New risk control representative for central Alabama counties
Meadowbrook Insurance Group has hired a new risk control supervisor to succeed Jerry Gill. Ray Hodge, who has already started work, has more than 20 years experience in commercial experience, primarily in risk control. A map showing his counties and his contact info can be found online.
ONE SPOT survey info […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 28, 2013

January 28, 2013

First insurance incentive checks go out next weekACCA and Meadowbrook are in the final stage of verifying that members of the insurance funds have completed all nine requirements of the Safety Incentive Discount Program. Counties in the workers’ compensation fund that completed the requirements and submitted a verification form on time will be notified next […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 22, 2013

January 22, 2013

Questions about healthcare reform and the county jailSome 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 WorkshopThis year’s County Financial Workshop is devoted entirely to helping county staff members […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 14, 2013

January 14, 2013

Breakfast with Alabama’s Congressional delegationRegistration is open for the Alabama Congressional Delegates’ Breakfast on March 6 in Washington, D.C. If you are making the trip for the NACo Legislative Conference, you won’t want to miss this special event. The deadline to register is Feb. 28.
A third take RAMPA total of 22 counties opted into RAMP […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 7, 2013

January 7, 2013

CGEI Finance and Revenue deadline is tomorrow
County employees, tomorrow is the last day to register for the CGEI Finance & Revenue course offered next week. This basic class is a requirement for all programs, and an agenda is available online.
RAMP decision time
Counties that want to opt into RAMP (Rural Assistance Match Program) in conjunction with […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Department of Revenue deadline ThursdayAll counties that collect or contract for the collection of local sales taxes must respond to a survey from the Alabama Department of Revenue by Dec. 20.  The survey is part of the transition to the so-called “ONE SPOT” sales tax collection system beginning Oct. 1, 2013.
 No Christmas bonusesIn nearly every […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012

Attn: AdministratorsEach county received a bundle of ACCA’s 2013 wall calendars at the Legislative conference last week. If you did not attend the conference, please be sure you received package and that the calendars are distributed to commissioners and key county staff members. The package also contained a flash drive with a full PDF version […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

ONE SPOT lettersEvery county should have received a request for information from the Alabama Department of Revenue regarding ONE SPOT implementation. ONE SPOT will be the state’s new online portal for payment of certain state and local taxes. The deadline to submit this information is Dec. 20, and it is very important that all counties […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

Have you signed up for New Commissioner Orientation?There are still about 25 first-time commissioners who are not registered for the ALGTI New Commissioner Orientation next week. The course is required by law and won’t be offered again until the next election cycle. More importantly, participants will gain knowledge and skills that are essential to effective […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Welcome our new commissioners to Hot 5To the 92 new faces joining the ranks of county commissioners last week, everyone at ACCA would like to say “Welcome aboard!” Every Monday morning you will get this email newsletter, packed with five “news you can use” items. Each item is designed to be a quick read that […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

ACCA District Meetings for 2013ACCA is going on the road in the last half of January for the district meetings in preparation for the 2013 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. Check this flyer for the full schedule, and register online through the events page.
Insurance discount program continues for insurance fund membersThe first year of […]

Hot 5 | Week of Nov. 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

ATRIP match funds proposedIn this memo from John Cooper, Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed making $1 million in match funds available to each county for ATRIP projects. Counties would have to decide whether to accept the match assistance by early January. ACCA, which has been involved in developing this proposal, has scheduled a conference call […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

Moving forward on logging notice ordinancesThe logging notice ordinance has been adopted in ­­12 counties (with effective date where known): Autauga (effective 11/1/12), Barbour, Cleburne (effective 9/12), Crenshaw (effective 12/1/12), Cullman, Elmore, Macon (12/1/12), Madison, Marengo (effective 12/1/12), Russell (11/1/12), Sumter and Winston. At least one additional county is scheduled to consider it this week.
Commissioner […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

ACCA backs constitutional amendmentsThe constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot Nov. 6 have been evaluated in relation to ACCA’s policy positions, and the Association urges counties to support amendments on Forever Wild, state borrowing for economic development, removing racist language from the state’s governing document and rewrites of two articles by the Constitutional Revision Commission. […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Organizational meetings for counties electing commissioners this yearACCA has received a number of questions from members about organizational meetings for counties electing commissioners this year. Here is the Aug. 29 memo that outlines the organizational meetings, which must be on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in counties with commission elections. Administrators will also want to remember that they […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

Debris removal contracts awardedContracts have been awarded for regional disaster debris removal services through the Joint Bid Program. Here is a list of contractors and a region map. Contracts will be effective Nov. 1. The separate contracts for monitoring debris removal are being re-bid, with a bid opening scheduled for Oct. 26. 
Claims advice for workers’ compAll […]

Hot 5 | Week of Oct. 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

Don’t miss your discountThere are 27 counties in the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund that have not signed up for the ACCA-sponsored jail training (in conjunction with the Alabama Jail Association) Oct. 17-19 in Orange Beach.  A representative from the jail or sheriff’s office must attend the training for the county to complete the requirements of […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 24, 2012

September 24, 2012

HB 120 – Just the factsThere’s considerable confusion around the state about recent changes to property tax exemptions for the low-income elderly and disabled. ACCA members advocated for the changes, which were designed to make the exemptions uniform and to correct an inequity created by an old attorney general’s opinion. Here’s a fact sheet on HB […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 17, 2012

September 17, 2012

How exempt entities can get tax-free fuelsAct 2011-565 known as the Alabama Terminal Excise Tax Act, changes the way gasoline and motor fuel are taxed beginning Oct. 1.  It requires all exempt entities to obtain an exemption license prior to purchasing fuel tax-free. The Alabama Department of Revenue is hosting a conference call at 2 […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

Election timeThe statewide special election on the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the withdrawal of $437 million from the Alabama Trust Fund is scheduled for next Tuesday The ACCA Board of Directors elected to take no active position on the amendment. However, you can read the ACCA staff overview of the amendment.
Minority Issues Steering CommitteeBoth ACCA […]

Hot 5 | Week of Sept. 4, 2012

September 4, 2012

ATRIP Round 2 application form available Transportation Director John Cooper has released a new application form for Round 2 of the Alabama Transportation and Rehabilitation Improvement Program (ATRIP). All applications are due Oct. 5. It is important to note that a form must be filled out as completely as possible for every project — even projects […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 27, 2012

August 27, 2012

Bid opening still on for FridayDespite Tropical Storm Isaac churning in the Gulf, ACCA plans to hold the bid opening as scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. This Joint Bid Program bid opening is for regional contracts for debris removal services and monitoring. Bidders planning to hand deliver their bids may want to have alternate plans […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 20, 2012

August 20, 2012

Public hearings on solid wasteAs part of legislation that put a temporary moratorium on new landfills in the state, there is an Alabama Solid Waste Study being conducted by Auburn University in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. It’s important for the view of county government to be heard during the public hearings […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 13, 2012

August 13, 2012

Golf Bash fundraiser coming up Mark your calendars for the 21st Annual Golf Bash at Timberline Golf Club in Calera on Sept. 12. The day-long golf and social event attracts more than 300 participants and is always one of the largest tournaments in the state. The Association needs your help in supporting the event and ensuring […]

Hot 5 | Week of Aug. 6, 2012

August 6, 2012

Rate hike not recommendedAlthough the rates will not be set until the official meeting of the board of control on Aug. 14, the Local Government Advisory Committee has approved a recommended flat rate for the Alabama Local Government Health Insurance Program effective Oct. 1, 2012.  The committee also approved a recommendation that the program shift […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012

The governor will be there. Will you?Gov. Robert Bentley’s office confirmed Friday that he will speak to the opening general session of the ACCA Convention on Aug. 22. Online registration is available using this link. (Remember, if you need to register a group of attendees, please email Jennifer Datcher for help.)
Alabama helping lead NACoNACo President […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

Developing ACCA’s legislative plansIncoming ACCA President Ricky Harcrow is preparing to appoint members to the Association’s Steering Committees, which will work on revisions to the Legislative Program for the 2013 regular session. Those interested in serving on a Steering Committee should contact Mary Pons.
$ave money on purchasing Counties have access to the U.S. Communities program […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012

ACCA shirtsHave you seen the new ACCA shirts? They feature the new logo and are available in a variety of colors and styles for men and women. Use the online catalog and order form to do your shopping, and remember Aug. 1 is the last day to order if you want to be sure your […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012

Debris removal vendors?Please remember to send in your recommendations for potential disaster debris removal vendors by Friday. Questions? Contact John Hamm.
Class switch this fallThe County Government Education Institute class offerings for October and November have been reversed. County Administration Update will be taught Oct. 10-11, and General Accounting will be taught Nov. 14-15.
Municipal inmates in […]

Hot 5 | Week of July 2, 2012

July 2, 2012

Overflow rooms for the ACCA Convention
ACCA’s block of reserved rooms at the Perdido Beach Resort is full. Overflow accommodations have been set up at the Phoenix Condos at varying rates. If you would like to reserve a condo, please call 888-358-1698 and use group code #468543. The deadline for making condo reservations is July 31. […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012

AAND One-Day WorkshopRegistration for the AAND One-Day Workshop goes up from $25 to $30 on Friday.
Last week to enter ACCA awards June 29 is the deadline to enter the 2012 contests for Outstanding Contribution to County Government and Excellence in County Government (rural and urban categories). That’s also the last day to apply for tenure […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012

Safety tips for members of the insurance fundsThe ACCA Self-Insurance Funds are providing a newsletter with tips on avoiding falls, using defibrillators and operating nail guns.
Training for public information officersThe Alabama Emergency Management Agency is offering a free Basic Public Information Officers Course July 11-12 in Montgomery. The course is designed to equip participants with […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012

Congrats to top administrator, engineerEtowah County Administrator Patrick Simms and Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer were named administrator and engineer of the year at the annual conferences of their respective affiliate groups this year. Well done!
Awards deadline nears for ACCA ConventionJune 29 is the deadline to enter the 2012 contests for Outstanding Contribution to County Government and […]

Hot 5 | Week of June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012

Budget process starts soonUnder Alabama law, there is a budget schedule for counties to follow. The process begins no later than June 15, so it’s time to get started.
Work is in progress on logging notification billThere’s a new law going into effect soon that will require loggers to notify counties before using county roads, and a […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

New sales tax holidayMary Pons has prepared a sample resolution that counties can use if they want to participate in Alabama’s first storm preparedness sales tax holiday, scheduled for the weekend of July 6-8. This memo from the Department of Revenue explains more details about the holiday. Counties that want to participate must opt in by resolution […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

Dear Governor Bentley
On Friday the ACCA staff asked commission chairs and administrators to send letters to Gov. Robert Bentley to encourage him to sign the final ACCA bill of the session.  The legislation, which would increase county revenue from the existing deed and recording tax, will be pocket vetoed unless Bentley signs the bill this […]

Hot 5 | May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012

Legislative session’s endThere’s just one working day left in the 2012 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, and it kicks off Wednesday morning. If you need to double check the status of local bills, these directions may be helpful.
Redistricting the LegislatureLawmakers are scheduled to roll directly into a 5-day special session to redraw legislative districts. […]

Hot 5 | Week of May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012

Have you scheduled your health screening?Medical personnel from the Local Government Health Insurance Program are conducting wellness screenings for ACCA staff members today. The screenings promote improved health and qualify the Association for the “preferred” rate. If your county has not scheduled a screening for employees, please do so this summer.
ATRIP announcementsAnnouncements of road and […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012

Was the check bigger?Earlier this month counties received a distribution from the Alabama Trust Fund that may have been a bit larger than expected.  A total of $25 million in trust fund revenue was distributed among Alabama’s county governments.  This money must be expended according to the restrictions established from the County Government Capital Improvement […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012

What’s up?Registration for this year’s County Day @ the Legislature is well behind schedule. With the myriad of challenges facing counties in this year’s legislative session, it is more important than ever that counties have a show of strength in Montgomery. Please register today for the event, which is scheduled for May 2-3, by clicking here. […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012

Manners matterThe Alabama Department of Commerce (aka Alabama Development Office) and Alabama State University are co-hosting a free half-day class called “Dinners, Doors & Deals: Why International Protocol Matters” designed for public officials. The class is April 26 at ASU. Get the details and registration info from this flyer.
People skillsThe full agenda is now available […]

Hot 5 | Week of April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012

New license needed by counties
With the point of taxation for motor fuels shifting from the distributor to the terminal effective Oct. 1, counties will need to get the new fuel tax exemption license from the state Department of Revenue. Read the notice from the revenue department.
Beyer to take over as NACE president
This week Richie Beyer, […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

Saving paper on weekly legislative reportsStarting this week, ACCA will no longer automatically fax copies of the weekly legislative report. Most people receive it by email, and we’ve had a number of requests to withdraw from the fax list. However, if you still prefer to receive the Weekly Report by fax, please contact Brandy Perry […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

Work pays offMany thanks to the Alabama officials and employees who made the trip to Washington D.C. and joined the lobbying effort to restore the rural bridge program in the highway funding bill pending before the U.S. Senate. Less than a week after the Alabama delegation breakfast, the Senate approved the bill — and the […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

One-time moneyAlabama counties will receive about $38 million from a special distribution from the Alabama Trust Fund in April of 2013.  Counties are encouraged to consider these funds as a possible source of matching revenue for the new road and bridge construction program. Read the Association’s memo on this topic.
Voters to decideTomorrow’s Alabama presidential primary […]

Hot 5 | Week of March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

Last Call for Disaster Relief 101 Class Wednesday is the deadline to register for the CGEI Disaster Relief 101 Class scheduled for March 21-22, 2012 at the Marriott Legends in Prattville, Ala. There are about 15 spots left. This is a special introductory class for county officials and employees, not seasoned EMA personnel. Download a […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

ATRIP bond issue
ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield is meeting with Alabama Department of Transportation John Cooper this afternoon to continue discussions on how to implement Gov. Robert Bentley’s road program, called ATRIP for Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. See additional details released Thursday and Friday.
Deadline nears for scrap tire letters
The Alabama Scrap Tire Commission […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 13, 2012

February 13, 2012

Federal funding for bridgesThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on a new highway funding bill that will remove the requirement that 15 percent of the bridge funding allocated to be state be spent on rural (or county-maintained) bridges. The ACCA staff has worked over the weekend with the staff […]

Hot 5 | Week of Feb. 6, 2012

February 6, 2012

County jail resources comingThe ACCA Self-Insurance Liability Fund will provide members with sample policies and procedures for the county jail in the coming weeks addressing inmate suicide, inmate medical screening and inmate medical care. These policies are recommended by the ACCA liability fund and should be carefully reviewed by the county and sheriff.
Help with bill […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 30, 2012

January 30, 2012

Plenty of ideasThere are at least four different proposals being advanced to generate revenue for road and bridge projects during the 2012 regular session — but none include raising new revenue. Among the ideas are a $2 billion bond issue using the same Garvee Bonds used for the 2000 county bridge program and a bond […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

Bronner to give RSA updateDavid Bronner, head of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, has joined the agenda for the County Financial Workshop on Feb. 9-10. This promises to be a timely presentation, since it falls during the first week of the legislative session, and legislative leaders have called for changes to RSA.
ACCA recommendations for constitutional […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 17, 2012

January 17, 2012

New website is live
Be sure to check out the ACCA website, www.alabamacounties.org. It has been completely redesigned in an effort to serve you better and support our branding project. Features include an enhanced calendar of events, a search function, a blog to highlight and archive important news, and a “What’s New?” section on the homepage […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 9

January 9, 2012

Constitutional considerations
ACCA staff members are preparing a recommendation for the Constitutional Revision Commission about the processes for local laws and local constitutional amendments. The ACCA board is scheduled to consider the draft recommendations on Jan. 17.
Headed to D.C.
ACCA President Tim Choate and ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield are headed to Washington, D.C., this week for […]

Hot 5 | Week of Jan. 3, 2012

January 3, 2012

District meeting update
So far 175 people have registered for the 2012 District Meetings, which kick off in Troy next week. Register here.
2012 ACCA Directory
You may recall that we have moved to an annual directory, so the newly updated one will be distributed at the district meetings. Many thanks to administrators for all their help proofing […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 27, 2011

December 27, 2011

Last chance for 2011 prices
The current prices in the ACCA Joint Bid Program expire at year’s end, with new prices taking effect Jan. 1.
Time to think about local legislation
Counties working on local laws should remember that they must be advertised once a week for four consecutive weeks. With the legislative session beginning Feb. 7, counties […]

Hot 5 | Week of Dec. 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

Another county goes online
Pike is the latest county to go online through ACCA’s County Website Initiative, so be sure to take a look at www.pikecommission.com. If your county does not have a website, contact Sallie Gowan for more information or to be added to the waiting list. Next up is Lawrence County!
Checks in the mail
Participants […]

Hot 5 | Dec. 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

No hams or turkeys
Under Alabama’s new ethics law, public officials and public employees may not accept seasonal gifts. The Ethics Commission has issued two recent opinions regarding receipt of gifts.
Streamlined Sales Tax comments
The preliminary report of the Alabama Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission was released Nov. 28, and interested parties now have until Jan. […]