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May 3, 2013                                                                 www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

County Board of Equalization Workshop

May 9, 2013

Younes Conference Center

Kearney, NE

 

Highway Superintendents, Surveyors, Engineers Workshop

June 11-13, 2013

Niobrara Lodge

Valentine, NE

 

Clerks, Election Commissioners, Register of Deeds Workshop

June 12-14, 2013

Sandhills Convention Center

North Platte, NE

 

Nebraska State HIstorical Society Preservation Conference

June 14, 2013

Metropolitan Community College

Omaha, NE

 

Treasurers Workshop

June 18-20, 2013

Holiday Inn

Sidney, NE

 

Clerks of the District Court Workshop

June 19-21, 2013

St. Benedict Center

Schuyler, NE

 

To view upcoming events, click here.

 

  

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AssocMembersAssociate and Sustaining Members

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

It's Not Too Late to Register For NACO's Board of Equalization Workshop

Clerks, Election Commissioners, Register of Deeds Workshop Scheduled for June 12-14, 2013 in North Platte

Conference Matters

NACO Awards Scholarships

Real Property Value Percentage Change by County

Nebraska Access Program

MIPS Bytes

Walk For Your Life Challenge 2013

NACo Prescription Drug Program

County Government Day PowerPoint Available

County Directories Available

2012 County Board Handbook and Revisions Available

News From NACo

NACo Web-based Education

County Classifieds*

Associate & Sustaining Members

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program

 

NACO's biennial County Board of Equalization Workshop will be held in Kearney on May 9, 2013 at the Younes Conference Center.  County board members, county clerks and county assessors who haven't already registered should do so now because they won't want to miss this educational opportunity.
 
Over six hours of educational sessions have been planned for this workshop, of which 4.75 hours have been approved for continuing education credit for assessors with the Nebraska Property Tax Administrator.  The workshop will provide an overall review of the equalization process.  To view the tentative agenda for this workshop, click here.
 
There are two different options to register.
  
1)  The first option includes all breaks, a luncheon, all hand out material and a printable CD of the the recently revised County Board of Equalization Handbook.  The fee for this option is $50.00  for early registration and $60.00 for registrations received after April 26, 2013.
  
2)  The second option includes all breaks, a luncheon, all hand out material and a hard copy of the recently revised County Board of Equalization Handbook.  The fee for this option is $65 for early registration and $75 for registrations received after April 26, 2013. 

You may register for this workshop on-line at NACO's website www.nacone.org or by clicking here.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center and the Hampton Inn. Rates for lodging are $86.95 single/double. Reservations at the Holiday Inn can be made by calling (308) 237-5971. Reservations at the Hampton Inn can be made by calling (308) 234-3400.  Be sure to mention that you are with the NACO Board of Equalization Workshop to receive the reduced rate.

Advance registrations can now be made on-line at NACO's website for the County Clerks, Election Commissioners and Registers of Deeds Workshop scheduled for June 12-14, 2013, in North Platte at the Sandhills Convention Center.

  

Officers of the Clerks, Election Commissioners and Registers of Deeds Association met in April to establish agendas for their respective organizations. A tentative agenda for the workshop can be found by clicking here. This agenda is tentative because confirmation from all speakers has not been received.

 

Again this year, the registration fee will be $80.00 for registrations received on or before May 31, and $90.00 for those received after this date. This fee includes a luncheon and a banquet on Thursday, a reception on Wednesday evening, a luncheon on Friday, all breaks and all handout materials. Lodging and other incidental costs are the responsibility of workshop participants. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than June 7, 2013 to receive a refund. Cancellations made on or before this date in writing will receive a full refund.  Cancellations made after this date will receive a refund minus a $20.00 administrative fee. 

 

Guest rooms may be reserved by contacting the Quality Inn at (308) 532-9090. Room rates are $72.95 single/double. When making reservations, inform hotel staff that you are attending the NACO workshop to receive the contracted rate.

 

To register for the workshop click here.

Conference_MattersConference Matters

Lodging

Lodging for NACO's 119th Annual Conference will become available on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  The conference will be held in Omaha December 11-13 and this year you will be able to make lodging reservations electronically by visiting the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau website and clicking on NACO's microsite.  The link to the microsite is available here and is also posted on NACO's website.  Once you click on NACO's microsite, you will be able to choose the contracted  hotel of your choice along with the dates you will require for lodging.  Hotel reservation options will not be available until May 10 at 10:00 a.m. CST Initially, a valid credit card will be required for securing your lodging.  Once you have secured your lodging via credit card, you will be able to access a credit application for direct billing and will be required to complete and submit a tax exempt form (all forms will be available on the microsite).

  

Please mark the May 10, 2013 date on your calendar.

NACO_Awards_ScholarshipsNACO Awards Scholarships

Twelve children of county officials and employees have been selected to receive $1,000 NACO scholarships to assist with college expenses for the 2013-14 school year.  In order to be eligible, students must graduate this spring from a Nebraska high school and attend a post-high school educational institution within the state of Nebraska.


NACO scholarship award recipients for 2013 are:  Amy Ahlers, Boone County; Sapphire Andersen, Hamilton County; Nolan Dethlefs, Howard County; Grady Frickey, Buffalo County; Siara Fritz, Knox County; Alex Gurciullo, Lincoln County; Kamara Hackerott, Madison County; Mitchell Heavican, Colfax County; Jordan Hoeft, Phelps County; Ryan Taylor, Box Butte County; Hannah Walgren, Polk County; and Patrick Watchorn, Dixon County.


The scholarships are tentative based upon acceptance from scholarship winners.  Photos and profiles of award recipients are featured here.

Real_Properyt_Value_Percentage_ChangeReal Property Value Percentage Change by County
The Nebraska Department of Revenue, Property Assessment Division has processed the 2013 Real Property Abstract of Assessment filed by the 93 Nebraska county assessors.  To view a press release issued by the Department of Revenue regarding value percentage change for 2012-2013, click here.
Nebraska_Access_ProgramNebraska Access Program
The Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) provides funds for work on public highways, roads, bridges, trails, and transit systems that are located on, are adjacent to, or provide access to Federal lands. These facilities are owned or maintained by a state, county, town, township, tribe, municipal, or local government. This program is a new program, being created under Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). This program places emphasis on projects that provide access to high-use recreation sites or economic generators.
  
Administering the Program

In the coming months, Central Federal Lands highway Division (CFLHD) will be working with each of the states under its jurisdiction to develop each state's Programming Decisions Committee (PDC). The PDC will be responsible for selecting projects for each state's Access Program. the PDC will establish project selection criteria and administering calls for projects.
  
Call for Projects

The Nebraska Access Program is administering a Call for Projects through May 15, 2013. For more information, or to submit an application, please click here.
MIPS_BytesMIPS Bytes
Windows XP and Office 2003 End of Support
We are now less than one year away from April 8, 2014 which is the end of Microsoft's support for Windows XP and Office 2003.  Once Microsoft's support for these products ends they will not provide any security updates, hotfixes, or assisted support for Windows XP or Office 2003.
  
In the September 21, 2012 MIPS Bytes article the importance of Windows updates was discussed.  The security of your Windows XP systems, and the security of your network could be compromised without the hotfixes and security updates provided by Microsoft.  Many network administrators will not allow unsupported operating systems on their networks because of the security risks involved.
  
One of the other issues unsupported operating systems face is limited support from software and hardware vendors.  Often times, when writing software, we find ourselves needing to write a "work around" for older operating systems.  Once the operating systems are no longer supported by Microsoft a lot of the "work arounds" are removed from the code to make the programs more efficient and to allow the use of new features in the newer operating systems.  Also, it is hard for us, as programmers, to test the "work arounds" thoroughly because we no longer have access to the old, unsupported operating systems.
  
As the calendar nears April 8, 2014, it is highly recommended that you put a plan in place to upgrade all of your old Windows XP machines to Windows 7 or newer machines.   Keep this in mind as you are preparing your budgets for the next fiscal year so you can be secure when support ends for Windows XP and Office 2003.
WalkWalk For Your Life Challenge 2013
Walk For Your Life Challenge 2013 will begin June 3 and end September 1. An e-mail with the details of this year's challenge was sent to all county clerks and to the contact person for counties who participated in last year's challenge. If your county is interested in participating, please contact your county clerk or designated contact person, or Wendy Kelly at the NACO office.
NACo_Prescription_Drug_ProgramNACo Prescription Drug Program
NACo Prescription Drug Program
CountygovernementdaycdCounty Government Day PowerPoint Available
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by Counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to larrydix@nacone.org. The CD order form is available here.
The NACO 2013 Directory of County Officials is available.  The directory is an annual publication that provides names and addresses for elected and appointed county officials in the state.  A directory is available for $17.00 if non-taxable and $18.00 if taxable.  To order, click here.
County_Board_Handbooks2012 County Board  Handbook and Revisions Available
The 2012 County Board Handbook and related revisions are available.  The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2012 session, is $80.00/book plus $17.00 shipping and handling per book.  The 2012 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website here.  For questions, contact Wendy Kelly by clicking here or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 223.
News_From_NACoNews From NACo
NACo_LogoWomen of NACo Woman of the Year Award
  
If you know a county official that is deserving of NACo's Woman of the Year Award, please consider nominating them for the award.  The nominee does not have to be a member of Women of NACo but the nominating person is required to be a member of Women of NACo.  To read more and to access a nominating form, click here.
NACoWebNACo Web-based Education
Justice Webinar
Thursday, May 16, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST
 
Each year, 7 million individuals are released from local jails and return to local communities. Assisting with their employment needs can reduce recidivism and ease in the re-entry process. One distinctive model, Better Futures Minnesota, a social enterprise in Minneapolis, Minn., is helping to create jobs, achieve better results and reduce public spending for individuals returning to communities from jail or prison. Learn about this model, how it's been adopted in Hennepin County, Minn., and how your county can adopt its principles to achieve better outcomes.
 
Register here.
 
For more information on these or other upcoming or previous webinars visit the NACo Web-based Education page.  
StateNewsNews Across the State 
Links are to outside sources and may not be available indefinitely.
  
Custer County Chief, 4/26/2013
  
Norfolk Daily News, 5/1/2013
  
Lincoln Journal Star, 5/2/2013
  
Nebraska Association of County Officials
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