Capitol Connection E-Newsletter – December 2017
December 14, 2017
Save the Date: TSPLOST Webinar
Save the Date – Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. for a webinar on the topic of Single County TSPLOST. ACCG staff members Clint Mueller and Kathleen Bowen will present an overview of this transportation financing tool and will be available to answer questions. Webinar registration details will be released soon. 

Register for 2018 County Days at the Capitol
Previously known as District Days at the Capitol, County Days present county officials and staff with an opportunity to engage with the ACCG policy staff and key state leaders to discuss significant issues before the General Assembly. County Days at the Capitol will be held on February 28 & March 7, 2018. Registration and more information can be found here. Please contact Nicole Logan at with any questions. 
Don't Forget to Help Update the CLC Network
Counties are encouraged to help maintain the CLC network to ensure a clear line of communication is available to all county officials and staff during the legislative session. Learn more about the importance of updating your county's CLC's here .

ACCG Releases Results for Local Law Enforcement Compensation Survey
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle created a special Senate task force called Compensation for Police and Sheriffs (COPS) to study the issues surrounding law enforcement pay, recruitment and retention. In order to provide the task force with relevant and timely information, ACCG conducted a comprehensive survey of all counties regarding compensation and benefits provided to local law enforcement.

Visit the ACCG website to access the survey report and for additional information such as the association's recommendations. Any questions regarding this issue can be directed to ACCG Associate Legislative Director Debra Nesbit at or 404.522.5022.

 Using the ACCG Legislative Tracking Database
With the legislative session less than one month away, ACCG wants to ensure you are familiar with the Legislative Tracking Database. This database can be used to track the status of various bills produced by the state Legislature and monitored by ACCG. Members will have access to bill summaries and tracking levels for all general legislation impacting county government and a listing of all local legislation introduced. Use this guide to learn how to navigate the tracking database.

Georgia County Commissioners Advocate for County Priorities at the White House
More than 100 Georgia county leaders made the trip to Washington D.C. to attend a day of meetings at the White House with key administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Senator David Perdue.

County commissioners heard from federal departments and agencies, including the Small Business Administration, Energy, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development. They discussed how federal policies impact Georgia counties and residents. Topics included the opioid epidemic, workforce housing, infrastructure, natural disaster preparations, and health care reform along with the latest developments at Plant Vogtle and the Georgia Ports expansion.

Prior to the White House meeting, county leaders and ACCG participated in a federal policy briefing at the National Association of Counties. The group also enjoyed an open house held at the USDA headquarters.

Georgia commissioners were the ninth group of county officials to attend such an event. County leaders from Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada and West Virginia were invited to the White House earlier this year.
Annual Immigration Report Due on December 31st
Every year, counties, cities, and local authorities are required to submit an immigration report to the Department of Audits and Accounts by December 31. The reporting period spans from Dec. 1, 2016, through Nov. 30, 2017. An overview of the report template can be viewed  here . The report requires the county to submit information related to their E-Verify number and authorization date, E-Verify contractor information, E-Verify private employer information, and public benefit information, and also requires the county to certify that it is compliant with state law regarding sanctuary policies. This report is mandatory and must be submitted by every county governing authority and all county authorities. DOAA will be reporting non-compliant counties and county authorities to state agencies that provide state funding to local governments, so make sure to submit your report by Dec. 31, 2017.

On the DOAA website, access to the report can be found at , and instructions on how to submit the report can be found at .

If you have any technical questions about filing the report, please contact the DOAA at  or visit the DOAA website at . All questions about the legal requirements for this report should be directed to your county attorney.

2018 State Mandated Salaries
As January approaches, please remember to share the Computing County Official Salaries for 2018 with county staff responsible for calculating payroll. The guide provides instructions for calculating required minimum 2018 salaries for coroners, magistrates, probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks and tax commissioners, as well as salaries for county commissioners and other officials.   

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Needs Your Input for the FY18-22 Consolidated Plan!
This five-year policy document describes the State’s plan to address affordable housing, homelessness, special needs housing, and community development needs using five of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s formula-based programs - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA).

Please take this five-minute survey and share it with your networks! If you have any questions, please contact Grace Baranowski (

State of Transportation Breakfast
The Georgia Transportation Alliance will host its inaugural State of Transportation Breakfast on Jan. 24, 2018. The event will celebrate Georgia's strong leadership and investment in transportation and cast a vision for continued leadership into the future.

Event details can be found here .
Local Taxes on Aviation Fuel Must Comply with New FAA Rule
State leaders from the Department of Transportation, Department of Revenue, and Office of Planning and Budget recently sent a memorandum to remind local government airport sponsors of their responsibility to comply with the new Federal Aviation Administration rule on the taxation of aviation fuel. Click here to read the official memo.

Any questions regarding this rule may be directed to ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller at

Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) in Georgia
Does your county have a transportation project need that is adjacent to, or provides access to, federal lands? If so, check out the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP). The Call for Projects application period opened on December 1, 2017, and runs through March 1, 2018. An estimated total of $2.5M will be available for programming in Georgia. Program details and tips for preparing a good FLAP application can be found here.

2018 NACo Legislative Conference
Registration is now available for the 2018 NACo Legislative Conference. From March 3-7, elected and appointed county officials will come together and focus on federal policy issues that directly impact counties and their constituents. Join over 2,000 of your fellow county leaders and strengthen the voice of county government. More details can be found here.
Check out ACCG TV
Are you interested in seeing what's going on at ACCG? Visit ACCG TV to view conference videos, interviews and more. Stay Tuned to see what has in store!
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Register for County Days at the Capitol!