July 2021, Vol.15 , No.7
The "Computing County Official Salaries for 2022" guidebook is now available. It provides directions for calculating county official salaries effective January 1, 2022. This guidebook is published annually by ACCG to assist counties in calculating salaries of certain county officials, as well as state officials who receive supplements to their salaries from the county.
July is shining bright on two GCIP students Morgan Pace and Matthew Detweiler. Both students were elected to receive Kundell Environmental Management grants. The Kundell Environmental Management Internship/Fellowship Program was established by the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation in 2017 to honor the work of the late Dr. Jim Kundell. 
The recommended age for color cancer screening has been reduced to 45 years. By 2023 health plans will be required to cover this screening for people aged 45-49. If you’re wondering if your county should cover colon cancer screenings starting at age 45 now, the short answer is YES. Take a look at this informative read provided by Mercer, consulting partner for the ACCG Group Health Benefits Program.
Now, more than ever, counties are celebrated for their tireless work on behalf of their communities. Help ACCG highlight those efforts by sending in your photos for Georgia's Local Lens, the newsletter that provides a weekly snapshot of Georgia's counties. Visit the ACCG website for more information.
Mauldin & Jenkins
Crews & Associates
State News
Join the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) for the second webinar in a three-part series of GEFA Water 101 training sessions. This training will give a financial overview of the application process and highlight how GEFA reviews utility finances to make loan decisions.
As of July 1, 2021, changes went into effect regarding the legal responsibilities of Georgia landowners burning outdoor yard debris. Learn more about the changes to make sure your community is adhering to guidelines.
Online lodging platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo are now required to collect and pay to counties and cities all hotel/motel taxes due on short-term rentals (STRs) that are hosted via those platforms. ACCG is working to obtain points of contact with the online lodging platforms and encourages counties with a hotel/motel tax to identify an in-house point of contact for questions relating to this new collection and payment requirement.
The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Georgia Tree Council (GTC), working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, are offering a special edition of the Georgia ReLeaf Program. The program works with eligible communities and organizations in southwest Georgia to restore community tree canopy impacted by Hurricane Michael.
The tabulated redistricting data from the 2020 Census will not be distributed until late September 2021. To help counties prepare for the release of redistricting data, the Reapportionment Office has provided several redistricting resources, and ACCG is hosting a Local Redistricting Webinar. Learn more about the resources available.
As a public professional, you face the complex and evolving challenge of school safety and security every day. School security is a community issue, so let's work together to prepare, prevent, and respond. During this single-day event, hear firsthand from nationally recognized experts who will empower you to protect students with a comprehensive plan for total student health and community action. This event is ideal for K12 Administrators, Facility Directors, School Safety Officials and Law Enforcement.
Georgia Transmission Corporation
Bo Phillips Company
Federal News
The Census Bureau has released several reports that include local government or county level analysis. Read more for a short summary of these reports along with accompanying links.