New Local Government Financial Disclosure Requirements for Economic Development Tax Incentives - GASB 77
DATE: April 12, 2016
TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Have you agreed to any tax "abatement agreements"?
Or, were your tax revenues affected by somebody else's tax abatement agreement?
Even if you didn't consent - and even if you didn't know - big changes
were made to governmental accounting standards, affecting data collection,
compliance, intergovernmental relations, the environment for economic
development incentives, and more.
Does this affect you? That
depends on a lot of technicalities about how Georgia delivers incentives.
If you are affected...Who did this to you? How? And when?
Find out more during this webinar. Participants will gain critical
knowledge for both local governments and local authorities.
To register, click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4226499979472215809
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the webinar.
DCA PlanFirst program
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs' PlanFirst applications are due May
15, 2016. PlanFirst recognizes and
rewards effective plan implementation by communities throughout the state. To be eligible to apply, a community must be
a qualified local government, be up-to-date with its mandated reporting to DCA
and have met the minimum performance standards as set forth in their regional
commission’s regional plan. Any size
community may apply — it just has to have made significant strides toward
implementing its comprehensive plan.
as a PlanFirst community comes with
rewards. The incentives available to
those communities include, but are not limited to:
- Annual CDBG application eligibility for
- Reductions on basis points for various DCA and GEFA
- Other incentives listed on the PlanFirst web page.
Program application and more
information are available on DCA’s website: http://www.dca.ga.gov/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/programs/PlanFirst.asp
If your community wishes to apply and would like
to speak to someone about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invest in Your Future: New
2016-2017 Public Finance Courses
ATLANTA – The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) recently launched the third year of its executive
education program with a series of six core courses — and two new special
sessions — tailored for chief financial officers and those who aspire to be
chief financial officers.
now open for the 2016-2017 courses. (Download a
CSLF developed its
program after extensive feedback from veteran chief financial officers who
emphasized the need for in-depth, high-quality training for those pursuing
senior management positions in government.
Our courses focus on the strategic thinking and analytic skills
that public finance leaders need to advance in the field and inspire good
governance, going beyond basic content knowledge.
·June 16-17: Forecasting (Special Session)
·July 13-15: Treasury and investment
·Aug. 11-12: Cost Analysis (Special Session)
·Sept. 21-23: Debt management
·Nov. 1-4: Operating and capital budgeting
·Feb. 6-8: Leadership
·March 7-10: Government financial statements
·May 17-19: Retirement, risk management and procurement
CSLF draws on
world-class faculty from the Andrew Young School of Policy
Studies, which is among the
top-ranked programs in the country in public finance and budgeting. Leading
experts from the public and private sector also are invited to teach and guest
Space is limited,
so early registration is advised. As a special bonus, public-sector employees
receive a 30 percent discount on tuition. For more information and to register,
visit our website at cslf.gsu.edu/training or contact us at email@example.com or 404-413-0327.
the Center for State and Local Finance
The Center for State and Local
Finance (CSLF) builds on the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies'
reputation in scholarship and education in public finance. CSLF's mission is to
develop the people and ideas for next generation public finance.
House Bill 216
Provides Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Firefighters Diagnosed With Cancer
As a result of the passage of House Bill 216, Georgia
firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer may be covered by workers’
compensation beginning July 1, 2016. A firefighter who receives a cancer diagnosis
must show by a preponderance of the evidence, including medical evidence, that
the cancer is attributable to the performance of his or her duties as a
firefighter. If that can be proven, the claim will be compensable, and the
employer will be responsible for lost time and medical benefits, as well as
compensation for any resulting permanency or a death benefit if the cancer is incurable.
While the number of cancer claims filed is not
anticipated to be significant, those that are compensable are predicted to be
costly. Cancer claims are expected to be long-term claims, whether due to
treatment, death benefits, or both.
There will be no immediate costs to counties due to this
new law, but as claims are filed and costs are incurred, the expense will be
passed on to the employer in the form of higher premiums for paid and volunteer
firefighters, if the latter are covered by resolution. It is difficult to
estimate how much the cost will be since there are data limitations and
conflicting studies on the connection between certain occupational diseases and
the firefighting profession.
"It is reasonable to provide workers’ compensation
benefits to a firefighter who contracts cancer due to the performance of their
job," David Uhlman, ACCG’s director of insurance programs, said. "Many forms of
cancer, however, are caused by other risk factors, such as smoking and
"We are hopeful that Administrative Law Judges that
determine the compensability of claims will require and insist upon sufficient
proof that the cancer was truly job-related," he continued.
There are other concerns with the bill. If a firefighter has
been employed by numerous cities and counties, which entity is responsible for
the payment of benefits? Unlike a typical on-the-job injury, which can be
pinpointed to a specific date and time, cancer is generally contracted over a
period of months or years. The law does not provide a coverage ‘trigger,’ so,
at this time, it is not known if coverage is the responsibility of the employer
where the exposure took place or the employer when the disease was diagnosed.
Another concern is the service requirement. How long must
a firefighter have worked before they can file a claim? How long after their
retirement or termination can they file a claim?
ACCG Insurance Programs is currently working with legal
counsel to assist counties with tips to minimize their
exposure to cancer claims. While this may involve suggestions for equipment or
procedures that could better protect firefighters, it may also include
pre-employment physicals; documentation of firefighters with existing risk
factors or habits like smoking; or better record keeping to document exposure
to known carcinogens to clarify which cancer claims are work-related.
While many support providing workers’ compensation to
firefighters who contract cancer due to the performance of their job, it is
important to remember the cost impact to the counties’ workers’ compensation
premiums as well. The ACCG Workers’ Compensation Fund and the few commercial
insurance companies that currently write this coverage will keep a close eye on
future claims resulting from the passage of the bill.
For questions about this new policy, please contact ACCG's David Uhlman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley Abercrombie at email@example.com.
Apply for the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
Is public health a priority in
Submit a proposal for the Healthiest Cities and Counties
Challenge! The Challenge aims to
improve measurable health outcomes and promote health, wellness, equity and
social interaction through practical, evidence-based strategies and
cross-sector collaboration.Cities and counties selected to participate in
the Challenge must have strong cross-sector teams focused on public health
issues that reflect community priorities. Challenge participants
that demonstrate measurable results are eligible to win up to
$500,000. The deadline
for submitting a proposal is May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit www.healthiestcities.org.
Counties and cities involved in
the Challenge will work to improve residents' health by incorporating health
considerations into policies and practices, developing replicable strategies
that achieve measurable results and creating sustainability by leveraging prize
money from the Challenge with long-term funding sources.
All counties and cities are
eligible to submit a proposal for the Challenge.* There are two tiers of
participants based upon population size.
Tier 1 –
counties and cities with populations between 65,000 and 250,000.
Tier 2 –
counties and cities with populations between 250,001 and 600,000 AND counties
and cities with populations over 600,000 whose proposal targets a segment of
their population that is between 65,000 and 600,000.
and cities with less than the minimum population of 65,000 are also eligible to
submit a proposal if they partner with another county or city and their
combined population is between 65,000 and 600,000.
Cities & Counties Challenge is generously supported by the Aetna
Foundation. The National Association of Counties (NACo) is a partner on the
Challenge along with the American Public Health Association and CEOs for
The deadline to submit a proposal is May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. For
more information, visit www.healthiestcities.org. Direct questions to Debbie
Nadzam, Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Director, at 216.523.7348
Counties and other organizations with water or power
delivery authority are invited to leverage their resources by cost sharing with
the Bureau of Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects.
The projects will:
- improve water management
- implement systems to facilitate the voluntary sale,
transfer, or exchange of water
- provide benefits for fish, wildlife and the
environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought
All applications are due Monday, April 11, 2016. Click here
for more information and details on how to apply.
If you have any questions or difficulty applying, please contact the bureau's Grants Management Specialist Michael Dieterich via email or at 303-445-2484.
GCIP Spotlight for April: Berry College student interns with the Murray County Sole Commissioner’s office
Stanley, a biology major at Berry College, interned with the Murray County Sole
Commissioner’s office during the summer of 2015 as part of the Georgia County
Internship Program. During her internship, Stanley was tasked with helping the
county with its marketing needs, managing social media accounts and relaying
information to the public. The internship helped her to understand firsthand the
purpose of county government and what it means to provide services for the public.
Stanley’s major duties included updating the
county’s social media pages, handling constituent issues, writing press
releases for newspapers, using social media to promote county events, and
creating various pamphlets, brochures, and flyers for marketing Murray County. For
example, the county had recently announced the Chatsworth Outdoor Market,
coordinated between the Sole Commissioner and the Salvation Army. While
preparing for the announcement, Stanley created diagrams and informational
flyers that were then presented to vendors, posted online, and circulated
throughout the community.
When asked about the most significant success during
her internship, Stanley commented that her involvement on social media
following the announcement of the inland port ranked the highest on her
list. In order to address the public’s
concerns, she devoted substantial time each day to personally responding to the
questions posted on the county website. She also created an in depth Question
and Answer Guide to answer the most commonly asked questions to ensure the
public was properly informed. After uploading this information on the county
website, it received over 12,000 views. This experience taught Stanley the
importance of providing detailed information to the public and that while the
county cannot control how people respond, that they can ensure that the public
has the true facts on which to base their opinions.
terms of the skills learned through the internship, Stanley was able to employ
marketing and mediating tactics that she had learned in school, which was a fun
and enriching experience. In that a significant part of the internship required
her to interact with the public, these skills were very helpful and she could
see the success of these methods in a practical setting. It further helped her
to feel better equipped to handle conflict, particularly in a professional
setting, than before the internship. Since she was required to speak with a
large number of people during her tenure at the commissioner’s office, those interactions bettered her ability to communicate
and discuss issues in a diplomatic fashion, despite someone else’s anger or frustration.
Regardless of the field that Stanley ultimately chooses, she feels that the
skills she learned through her internship on conflict, accessibility, and
communication will always be beneficial, whether in writing resumes and cover
letters, during job interviews, or handling issues in the workplace.
more information on the GCIP, please visit the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation
website at http://www.civicaffairs.org.