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January 13, 2012                                                            www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

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NACO Legislative Committee Meeting
NSEA Building, Lincoln
January 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

 

NWCA Annual Conference

North Platte

February 6-9, 2012

 

County Board Workshop

Kearney

February 8-10, 2012

 

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NACO Associate and Sustaining Members enable NACO to enhance its continuing education programs for county officials across the state. Visit NACO's complete associate and sustaining membership list here.

 

 EducationFoundationEducation Foundation Memorial Program

A gift to NACO's Education Foundation ensures that the children of county officials and county employees are eligible to apply for scholarships to continue their education at Nebraska's higher learning institutions. Whatever their passion - history, art, music, science, education, sports - the NACO Education Foundation will provide them an opportunity to fund their education beyond the K-12 level. Memorial gifts to NACO's Education Foundation are tax deductible and will be a lasting legacy in honor of your loved one's commitment to educating the children of Nebraska's county officials and employees. For more information about how to make a memorial gift, please contact Larry Dix  / 402-434-5660 ext. 226.

In This Issue

34th Annual County Board Workshop 

2012 NACO Institute of Excellence

County Board Handbook & 2011 Supplement Update

MIPS Bytes

Wireless 911 Eligible Costs Hearing Announcement

Nebraska Crime Commission Grant Announcements

2012-2013 COMPETITIVE AmeriCorps Funds Announcement

News Across the State

News from NACo

NACo Web-based Education

Legal Calendar

County Classifieds

Associate & Sustaining Members

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program

 

CountyBoardWkshp34th Annual County Board Workshop

The 34th annual County Board Workshop sponsored by NACO for all Nebraska county commissioners and supervisors will be held in Kearney on February 8-10, 2012. Commissioners and supervisors planning to attend the workshop are encouraged to begin registering online at NACO's website. Educational sessions covering a variety of topics will be presented on Thursday and Friday. A tentative agenda is posted on NACO's website.

 

Tentative plans call for the workshop to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8 with a review of legislation. Following a breakfast buffet on Thursday morning, plans for Thursday's agenda tentatively include general sessions for all board members from 8:00 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch at noon and several break-out sessions from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. General session will again be the order of the morning on Friday. The workshop will conclude at approximately 11:00 a.m. and a box lunch will be provided. Attendees will be able to take their lunch with them as they leave the workshop or enjoy it leisurely in an informal atmosphere with their peers before heading home.

 

The advance registration is the same as last year - $80.00 for those registering no later than January 27. After January 27, the fee increases to $90.00.  Please note that there is no per-day or per-session fee and that all attendees will be required to wear their name tags to gain entrance to workshop events. Additional meal tickets may be purchased at the registration desk during the workshop.

 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn at the rate of $80.95 single/double. If you have not made reservations, you are encouraged to do so by contacting the Holiday Inn at (308)237-5971. When making reservations, be sure to indicate you will be attending the NACO County Board Workshop to receive the contracted rate. 

 
Institute2012 NACO Institute of Excellence 

The 2012 NACO Institute of Excellence is open to all elected and appointed county officials. Deadline for registration is February 20, 2012. To register, click here. For additional information, contact the NACO office at 402-434-5660.

 

HandbookCounty Board Handbook & 2011 Supplement Update

The County Board Handbook and 2011 Supplement order form is available online. Pre-order for pickup at the County Board Workshop and save shipping and handling. To download the order form, click here or visit the NACO website.

 

MIPSBytesMIPS Bytes

Paper, plastic or electronic - How would you like your data?

By Tod Thieman

 

With the majority of our calls in the past couple of weeks being focused on W2 and 1099 printing and filing, it forced me to think of how we are gradually being shifted from filing our information on paper to filing our information electronically both professionally and personally. I believe it is safe to say, many of us have begun paying our personal bills electronically. Companies even offer discounts on your bill if you receive your bills through email instead of paper. Though counties with larger employee bases, 250 or more, have been required for some time to file their W2s with the Social Security Administration electronically, many counties really have not had to deal with sending or making available their information electronically to the world until more recently.

 

The past decade has seen Nebraska Workforce Development requesting clerks to file their gross wage reports electronically rather than by paper, county assessors were required to file many of their reports to the state electronically, treasurers are offering to collect taxes online, and the Nebraska Department of Revenue requires all employers in the state with 50 or more W2s and 1099s to file the information electronically as well. There has also been a push by county residents not only to request, but go as far as make it an election point that public information be made more public by putting that information online.

 

The required changes were put in place to ease the strain of data entry on the federal and state government and lower their costs. There are some new changes that the Legislature has put in place giving counties options to utilize technology if they choose. LB278 was passed in 2011 and deals with counties being authorized to electronically reimburse county officers and employees for expenses, if the board so chooses, using direct deposit through the payroll system. The reimbursement can be added to their payroll deposit into the bank rather than printing a separate expense check to the employee through the claim system.

 

Some officials have started on the tech trend on their own as well to not only save money but also add a layer of convenience for their boards. Instead of running paper copies to provide to the board members and then mailing the claim and payroll reports ahead of the meetings, they are now "printing" that information to searchable PDF format and emailing the information to the board members. This saves postage and paper costs in these situations and generally means the board members have the information prior to their meetings to look over. The PDF is then saved to their servers for later reference if needed. While we cannot currently get completely away from our paper copies of reports, we can utilize the technology we now have to minimize our costs and usually make our lives easier when organizing and packaging our data for delivery. 

 
WirelessWireless 911 Eligible Costs Hearing Announcement

The Nebraska Public Service Commission will be holding a hearing on January 23, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. central time in the Commission Hearing Room at 1200 N Street, Suite 300, Lincoln. The purpose of this hearing is to investigate and determine costs eligible for funding from the Enhanced Wireless 911 Fund.

 

This is your opportunity to let the Commission know if there are additional costs that you feel should be eligible for funding with wireless 911 funds. Comments filed by interested parties in this proceeding are available to read here, and can be found under the heading "Comments for 911-054 - 10/28/11.

 

NCCGrantNebraska Crime Commission Grant Announcements 

2011 STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant

 Applications are due to the Crime Commission by January 23, 2012.

 

2012 County Aid and County Aid Enhancement Grants

 Applications are due to the Crime Commission by January 27, 2012.

 

Additional information and applications and instructions can be found on the Crime Commission website.

 

AmeriCorps2012-2013 AmeriCorps  COMPETITIVE Request for Applications 

ServeNebraska announces the availability of 2012-2013 Competitive AmeriCorps funds for programs operating exclusively within Nebraska or multi-state programs with a presence in our state.

 

This opportunity is appropriate for community-based non-profit organizations and public entities with experience in successfully implementing significant-scale multi-site national or community service programming with sophisticated well-developed program designs addressing human services, educational, environmental, public safety, veterans, or disaster preparedness and response needs.

 

This opportunity is designed for experienced providers of programming. Qualified proposals will be submitted to compete for funding nationally with quality proposals from other states and strong multi-state applications. AmeriCorps programming funded under this Request for Applications will begin September 1, 2012.

 

Learn more, take a voluntary organizational readiness self-assessment, and access application materials here.

 

StateNewsNews Across the State

Links are to outside sources and may not be available indefinitely

 

Bud Jeffries passes away

Grand Island Independent, 1/9/12

 

 Vote on merging offices delayed

Omaha World Herald, 1/10/12

 

Saunders County closer to taking over all booking duties

Fremont Tribune, 1/12/12

 

County to receive electricity credits as incentive

York News Times, 1/12/12

 

Put away the rubber stamp

Journal Star, 1/12/12

 

Counties fear inheritance tax loss

Omaha World Herald, 1/13/12

 

NACoNewsNews from NACo 

NACo_LogoEarly Bird Deal Ends January 20th for NACo Legislative Conference

 

Save up to $50 when you register by January 20th for NACo's Legislative Conference March 3-7, featuring veteran political pundits Tucker Carlson and Eleanor Clift.

 

Click here for additional information and to register.

 

Online Achievement Award Applications Now Available

 

Applications for the 2012 Achievement Award program are now available. The annual program is non-competitive and recognizes innovative county government programs.

 

Application deadline is February 13, 2012. Click here for additional program information.

 

NACoWebEdNACo Web-based Education 
Enhancing Local Criminal Justice Practice with a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Thursday, February 2, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST
 
As counties face budget deficits, local criminal justice systems are being forced to use increasingly limited resources as widely as possible. A criminal justice coordinating council (CJCC) is a great resource for counties that want to gain a better understanding of their local criminal justice system, to develop greater cooperation among agencies and units of local government, and to establish more effective resource allocation. Join this webinar to learn how to develop a CJCC or enhance your existing CJCC. Register here.
 
Developing a Social Media Policy That's Right for Your County
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST
 
More counties are utilizing social media communications tools every day. But what are the rules? Explore the issues your county should consider when developing a countywide social media policy, such as employee access and conduct, content, security and legal matters. Learn directly from county representatives who have developed social media practices for their county. This is a NACo members only webinar. You must log in to the Member Center to register.
 
Health Coverage for Your County Jail's Pretrial Population
Thursday, February 23, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST
 
Through the Affordable Care Act many uninsured, low-income individuals - some of whom will be involved in the criminal justice system - will become eligible for Medicaid and subsidized private health plans in 2014. Learn about the possible opportunities for individuals being held pretrial in county jails to gain health coverage, issues counties may face enrolling people in custody into appropriate plans and the potential fiscal relief this may offer counties. Register here.

For more information on these or other upcoming or previous webinars, visit the NACo Web-based Education page.
 
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