The annual immigration report
for the reporting period of December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016 is
due on December 31, 2016. In October, the Department of
Administrative Services (DOAA) sent out information to each county about the
immigration reporting requirement. An overview of the template for the report
can be viewed here. There is a new change to the report based on the passage of SB 269 during
the 2016 legislative session. In addition to the information previously
requested, counties also will need to certify that they are in compliance with
Georgia’s immigration sanctuary law. This requirement will be part of the
actual immigration report.
Please start preparing early to ensure that
you have all the information needed to file the report by the deadline. DOAA
will be reporting non-compliant counties to state agencies that provide state
funding to local governments, so make sure that you submit your report by
December 31, 2016. If you have any technical questions about filing the report,
please contact the DOAA at Immhelp@audits.ga.gov or visit the DOAA website at www.audits.ga.gov/. All questions about the legal requirements for this
report should be directed to your county attorney.
ACCG has updated six of its most popular publications that
are now available exclusively in a digital format on the ACCG website. These
publications include the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST),
Open Meetings and Open Records, Emergency Management,
Constitutional Officers, Meeting Organization, and Parliamentary
Procedures guides. The updated publications have an interactive format that
allows users to immediately access the page in the publication of interest
through the table of contents, includes hyperlinks to websites where additional
resources can be found, and provides sample ordinances, resolutions, policies,
and hundreds of legal citations that can be used to gain greater insight into
the source materials. Also, the exclusive digital format will allow ACCG to better maintain the publications and update them more frequently.
Any questions about the new publications can be directed to Michele
NeSmith at email@example.com.
The ACCG-Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (GSIWCF) Board of Trustees recently voted to decrease rates 3 percent for 2017 and to return a dividend in the amount of $3.75
million to those members who renew their membership for 2017.
The rate decrease is for the pool
as a whole. Each member is individually
rated, taking into account a number of factors including payroll and their loss
history. Some members will receive premium decreases in excess of the 3 percent average, while others may receive smaller decreases or premium increases if
they have had growth in their payroll or a history of poor losses.
The dividend is designed to reward
long-term membership in the Fund and will be in the form of a premium credit to
those members who have been in the program since 2007 or earlier. The total
amount of dividends returned to the membership since 1985 is over $68.7 million,
including a Special One-Time Return of $5 million that was returned to the
membership in August of 2016. The $3.75 million dividend that will be returned
to the membership in 2017 reduces the average member’s premium by slightly more
than 12 percent.
Established in 1982, the ACCG-GSIWCF is a member-owned
The pool provides workers’ compensation coverage for Georgia counties
and authorities. McDuffie County
Commissioner Fred Favors serves as chairman of the ACCG-GSIWCF Board of
Trustees. The Fund currently has 167 members, consisting of 130 counties and 37
For information on the ACCG
Insurance Programs, please contact Joe Dan Thompson at 404-522-5022.
Computing County Official Salaries for 2017 provides step-by-step
instructions on how to calculate state minimum salaries for magistrates,
probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, and tax commissioners, as well
as cost of living adjustments and longevity increases for county commissioners
and coroners. These updated salaries become effective on January 1,
2017. If you have not already done so, please forward the guide to
whomever calculates payroll for your county. This guide has been reviewed
and approved by the County Officer Association of Georgia, the Georgia
Sheriffs’ Association and the Magistrate Council.
The guide also addresses compensation, per diems and
supplements required or authorized for bailiffs, boards of tax assessors, boards of equalization, circuit public defenders, jurors, juvenile court judges, state
court judges, solicitors, superior court judges and voter registrars.
Any questions about how salaries, supplements, cost of
living adjustments or longevity increases are calculated for specific officials
should be directed to the county attorney.
The State Records Committee adopted a new local government
retention schedule at the end of October. All schedules except for the
public health, education, tax, and public safety schedules have been updated.
These four schedules are currently under review and should be updated and
adopted in April 2017. Georgia Archives has recently prepared an
integrated schedule which provides both the updated schedules and the existing
schedules for public health, education, tax, and public safety. These schedules
can be found here and on the Georgia Archives website at http://www.georgiaarchives.org/records/local_government/.
Georgia Archives has offered to provide training for counties on the new
schedule and ACCG will be in touch about possible training opportunities in
Any county that has not adopted their own records retention
schedule is required to follow the local government records retention schedule
published by Georgia Archives. Records custodians for each county should review
the updated schedule and direct any questions about changes to the schedule to
Georgia College Student, Amanda Selby, Interns with Wilkes County
Amanda Selby (left) with Wilkes County Marketing Director Tiffany Rainey (right). Photo provided by Wilkes County.
Amanda Selby, a mass communications major at Georgia
College, interned with Wilkes County as part of the 2016 Summer Georgia County
Internship Program. Although the only prior experience Selby had in government
operations was, "from watching the show Parks & Recreation," she jumped
into her internship looking to make a difference. During the internship Selby
found that she was a quick learner and was able to develop a broad knowledge of
Selby’s main duty involved developing and creating a county
website to be used by residents, investors and visitors in Wilkes County. That
included determining exactly what the county wanted in a website. She had to
create a sitemap and select the layout of the website. Selby also had to
network with stakeholders within the community which included obtaining
information from various boards and departments. After gathering information, she
had to transfer that information onto the appropriate web pages. Selby found
that she needed to get out of her comfort zone and really get to know the
stakeholders involved in order to create the type of website the county needed.
Selby voiced that her favorite part of the internship
was using the skills she learned in her undergraduate program in real world
applications. She found that she was able to learn more when applying her
skills first hand. Selby also said she developed professional and communication
skills by learning on the job and communicating with county staff.
When ending her internship Selby found that she had
developed skills and gained greater knowledge in mass communication and public
relations. She said she enjoyed working for Wilkes County and would
"absolutely" consider a career in county government. Selby found that
interacting and networking with stakeholders was a very rewarding and positive
experience and wished that she had more time to spend working for the county
beyond the timeframe of her internship.
For more information on the GCIP, please visit the
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website at http://www.civicaffairs.org.