Debt Collection for Counties | Hot 5

  • Published: 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 repay debts owed to counties and county-established entities. If your county is interested in participating in next year’s program, contact Chase Cobb ( or 334-263-7594) to get more information.


    2. Comparative Data Survey

    The TEAM 2021 Task Force reported that “information sharing” is one of the Association’s most favorably rated services, and the Comparative Data Survey is an enormous part of that service. For the past few months the ACCA staff has been working closely with county administrators on completing the 2016-2017 Comparative Data Survey. The ACCA staff would like to thank every administrator who took the time and effort to complete this 27-page questionnaire. The ACCA staff is now working with Auburn University’s Government and Economic Development Institute in compiling the data received into a comprehensive publication, often known simply as the comparative data book. It will cover a range of important areas on county government in Alabama and provide invaluable information to counties and the ACCA staff. Thank you for your commitment in the completion of this survey.


    3. Safety Coordinator and Public Officials/Administrative Staff Trainings Scheduled

    Counties participating in ACCA’s Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) will want to mark the dates and locations for the Safety Coordinator and the Public Officials/Administrative Staff trainings scheduled in May, June and July. To facilitate travel, both the training sessions are scheduled together – with one group in the morning and the other in the afternoon. There are three regional locations around the state for your convenience. Watch your inbox for notification that registration is open. Details are available at the Insurance Training and Resources page, and the dates are listed below. For more information, contact Marcia Collier (

    May 25, 2016
    Cullman County

    June 29, 2016
    Autauga County

    July 27, 2016
    Conecuh County

    4. Awards & Scholarships from ACAA and ACEA

    Is there an outstanding person or program in your county, representing county administration or engineering, that is worthy of recognition? What about a colleague you would like to honor? There are less than three weeks left to submit the application and nomination forms for the following awards:

    • Excellence in County Administration
    • County Administrator of the Year
    • Association of County Administrators of Alabama Service Award
    • John F. Courson Excellence in County Engineering Award

    Here are links to PDFs containing the needed forms for Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) awards as well as for the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) John F. Courson Excellence in County Engineering Award.

    In addition, ACEA awards college scholarships for current and prospective engineering students. Scholarship Application

    All applications and nominations (for awards and scholarships) are due April 1. Questions? Contact Donna Key, 334-263-7594 or


    5.  $1,000,000 Headed Your Way

    Refund and Safety Discount checks were mailed Friday to the participants in the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund. The checks represent each entity’s portion of investment income refunds (totaling $800,000) approved for distribution by the Fund’s Board of Trustees along with a Safety Incentive Discount Program payment to those counties meeting the program’s nine safety elements.

    If your county isn’t expecting a check, contact Henry van Arcken for more information on ACCA insurance services (



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    Hot 5′s Hot Tip: County Days at the Legislature on Social Media

    When making your trip to Montgomery for County Days at the Legislature, make sure this work shows up on social media, whether it is your personal account or one for the entire county.

    If you ask, legislators are often gracious about posing for a photo with visitors. Once you’ve got the image, post it on Facebook or Twitter and say something like “Thank you, Rep. _____, for your leadership and service to ____ County. #67counties1voice #alpolitics”

    These photos tell everyone back home that their state and local officials are working hard for them. (And the #hashtags make it easier for others to find your posts.)