Q: Have surety bond requirements been increased for municipal officials and employees for the term of office beginning in July 2009?

A: Yes. Senate Bill 3050, effective July 1, 2009, revised several county and municipal laws to increase the surety bond requirement to hold certain positions. Amounts have been increased for some officials and employees. Amounts were not increased for other positions, such as city clerk and police chief. Anyone handling cash, increased from $10,000 to $50,000, including court clerks (Sections 21-3-5, 21-8-23 and 21-9-21). Deputy municipal clerks bonds were increased from $10,000 to $50,000 (Section 21-15-23). Police officers are increased from $25,000 to $50,000 (Section 45-5-9). Board and council members representing municipalities with a population in excess of 2,000 will have minimum bonds of $50,000 and the current maximum of $100,0000. Otherwise, the 5% of last year's ad valorem tax collections up to a $100,000 bond still applies to all other board or council members.