Fuel tax legislation is signed into law | Hot 5

  • Published: March 18, 2019
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

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    1. Fuel tax legislation is signed into law

    Last week, ACCA priority bill HB2 (Rebuild Alabama Act) was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. This new law will increase Alabama’s gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 10 cents per gallon through 2021. (The first increase of 6 cents will set in after Aug. 31, 2019.) Beginning in 2023, these fuel tax rates will be adjusted by no more or less than one cent every two years to align with the change in construction costs. Counties will receive 25 percent of the new revenue to put strictly toward road and bridge improvements and construction; fund matching; debt payment; and joint projects. Under the new law, counties will also be able to save time and stretch their dollars by swapping their federal funds for $400,000 in state funds — and also participate in a $10-million local government grant program and a $30-million/$50-million, pay-as-you-go ATRIP-II program. Read this new law in its entirety here.

    2. Regular Session to resume this week; Counties now have 6 priority bills to pass

    The 2019 Regular Legislative Session will pick back up this Tuesday, and Alabama Counties now have six remaining legislative priorities to advocate for and pass in the coming months. County leaders are encouraged to refamiliarize themselves with these priorities by reading over this one-pager and reviewing the talking points already available for three priorities: 

    Local Retirement Benefits (HB61) Talking Points

    Right-of-Way Waiver Valuations (HB98) Talking Points

    Debt Set-off Program Expansion (HB125) Talking Points

    3. ACCA announces “County Day Battle” competition

    For this year’s ACCA County Days, the Association will be holding a friendly “battle” among counties to emphasize the importance of legislative involvement by both commissioners and county staff and of legislative teamwork across county lines. Starting today and up until the final County Day on June 5, the ACCA staff challenges each of the 67 Counties to register as many county officials and employees as possible for its ACCA County Day — and to invite and encourage county leaders in other counties to participate in County Days. The top 3 counties — one large, one medium and one small — that get the most leaders to participate in this year’s County Days will be recognized at the ACCA Annual Convention in August. Learn more here.

    4. ACCA’s 2019 insurance renewal questionnaires to be available electronically

    This year, all participating members of the ACCA Insurance Funds will be able to complete their annual renewal questionnaires electronically through the Funds’ new Risk Management Information System (RMIS) software program, Origami. RMIS training for each Fund member’s specified contact person will begin Monday, April 1, and details will be provided via email no later than Monday, March 25. For questions, contact ACCA’s Henry van Arcken or CRS’s Stephanie Carr.

    5. Governor invites Commission Chairs to important 2020 Census event on April 4

    Attention, County Commission Chairs! The 2020 Census is critical to the future of Alabama and its 67 counties, which is why Gov. Kay Ivey has invited all County Commission Chairs to join her in the Old House Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, for an important discussion about your county’s role in the Alabama Counts! census initiative. To confirm your attendance, please R.S.V.P. immediately to Lisa Milliman at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs by calling (334) 242-5525 or emailing lisa.milliman@adeca.alabama.gov.


    KEY DATES THIS WEEK

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 – THURSDAY, MARCH 21
    ALGTI Course 4: Roads & Bridges

    THURSDAY, MARCH 21 – FRIDAY, MARCH 22
    ALGTI Elective: Personnel Administration