Dark Store Litigation | Hot 5

  • Published: 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 the provision in the current coverage document that excludes coverage of these kinds of tax appeals and provides that coverage of such appeals will be provided on an “expense reimbursement” basis. The Board determined that the Fund will not collect a premium at this time, but will instead provide the coverage and require any county which elects this coverage to reimburse the Fund for its defense costs from the reappraisal budget. The Board wants to study the impact of this approach for a few years and develop a body of knowledge significant enough to eventually underwrite the costs and collect a premium for coverage. While there will not be a liability fund premium increase this year related to this change in the law, counties are encouraged to look at amounts expended for these tax appeal cases in recent years, if any, when considering how to factor “expense reimbursement” costs into next year’s reappraisal budget.


    2. One Week Left for County Wage & Salary Survey

    The Alabama County Wage & Salary Survey serves as an invaluable resource and a new version is scheduled to be released next month. The survey’s usefulness increases with each additional county that shares data, and this is the last week to submit your county’s info for the new edition. The Association partners with the Auburn University Government & Economic Development Institute on the project, and if you have any questions about the user-friendly, fillable PDF survey, Jonathan Gross (jwg0002@auburn.edu // 334-703-5773) is available to assist you.

    County Wage & Salary Survey

    3. PLAN 2018 Informational Meeting

    There is a special meeting coming up that is exclusively for commissioners who hope to be elected to their second terms in November. Do you want to:

    • Grow your leadership skills?
    • Increase involvement in the Association?
    • Develop relationships with commissioners from other counties?
    • Invest in your local community?

    If you answered “yes,” you will want to make sure to attend the PLAN 2018 Informational Meeting to learn more about this unique opportunity. Mark your calendar for 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 17, as part of your plans for the ACCA Annual Convention.


    4. New Laws Effective Aug. 1

    One week from today marks the effective date for a number of newly-enacted laws with impact on counties. Chief among them is the Omnibus Pay Act, an ACCA priority during the 2016 regular session, which simplifies the process and availability for granting pay increases to local elected officials. Altogether there are 17 new acts taking effect that will interest counties – on matters ranging from the county school superintendent’s office to electronic poll books to raised beds on dump trucks.

    New Law Impacting Counties

    5. Insurance Rates & Refunds

    To help counties prepare budgets for the 2016-17 fiscal year, the governing boards of both ACCA self-insurance funds will meet the first week of August to set rates for the upcoming year. Rates will be distributed to all members of the workers’ compensation and/or liability funds during the ACCA convention. In recognition of another outstanding year, both funds are expected to distribute an investment refund to their members.



    key icon, dark blue round metallic internet button, web and mobi KEY DATES THIS WEEK

    TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

    Last day to contact ACCA staff about a county-established hospital authority joining County Debt Setoff Program (see item 2 at this link)


    WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016


    THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016

    Webinar for county-established hospital authorities about County Debt Setoff Program


    FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016