December 2, 2013                                                        NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

NACO 119th Annual Conference

December 11-13

Omaha, CenturyLink Center 


NACO County Board Workshop

February 5-7, 2014

Kearney, Holiday Inn


To view all upcoming events, click here.





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

Conference Matters  

Nebraska Crime Commission Announces Availability of Office of Violence Prevention Grant and 2014 Community-Based  Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement

State and Local Implementation Grant Program and FirstNet Broadband Project Information Sharing Workshop to be Hosted by Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer  

Legal LIne  

NACO Sustaining and Associate Members

U.S. Communities 

NACo Prescription Drug Program 

County Government Day PowerPoint 

2013 County Board Handbook and Revisions  

News From NACo

NACo Web-Based Education

News Across the State   

Legal Calendar

County Classifieds 

Associate & Sustaining Members 

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program 


Conference_MattersConference Matters
County Board and Affiliate Agendas

Individual agendas for county boards and affiliate groups are now posted on NACO's website.  To view these agendas, click here.



The registration fee for NACO's 119th Annual Conference is $135.00.  Written notification of conference registration cancellation must have been received by NACO prior to November 22.  Refund of advance registration fee, less a $25.00 administrative fee will be made by mail at the conclusion of the conference. On-line registration for the conference will be shut down on Wednesday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m.  After this time, you may register at the conference at the registration desk.  


To register for annual conference now, click here.  To view a conference overview and tentative agenda, click here. 

Nebraska_Crime_CommissionNebraska Crime Commission Announces Availability of Office of Violence Prevention Grant and 2014 Community-Based  Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement                           

The Nebraska Crime Commission announced the availability of FY 2013 Office of Violence Prevention Grant (OVP).  The application instructions outline general guidelines, eligibility, and funding requirements can be viewed by clicking



The Nebraska Crime Commission also announced the availability of 2014 Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid (CB) and 2014 Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Enhancement.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) outlines  general guidelines, funding requirements, and application instructions for both grant programs, CB and EB.  Information and application may be view by clicking here.

OCIOState and Local Implementation Grant Program and FirstNet Broadband Project Information Sharing Workshop to be Hosted by Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer                          
On December 18 & 19, 2013 the Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will host a two part information sharing workshop regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) and the FirstNet broadband project.  A portion of this workshop will be a presentation by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) on understanding the National Public Safety Broadband Network.  This workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn at 110 2nd Avenue in Kearney, NE.
To read more, click here.

Attendees were encouraged to book their hotel rooms and notify Bob Wilhelm, State and Local Implementation Grant Program Manager for OCIO, by December 2 but he agrees to work with NACO members wishing to attend.  If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Bob Wilhelm by clicking here or you may call him at (402) 471-7973.
Legal_LineLegal Line                             
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Elaine Menzel of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel. 


General Mailing and Filing Provisions Outlined in Statutes for Tax-related Documents

Article 49, Chapter 12 of the Nebraska statutes include provisions related to mailings and filings.


There is a presumption of a mailing in Neb. Rev. Stat. 49-1201 under certain circumstances, including when any report, claim, tax return, tax valuation, equalization, or exemption protest, or tax form, petition, appeal, or statement, or any payment required or authorized to be filed or made to the State of Nebraska, or to any political subdivision thereof, is: 


(1) transmitted through the United States mail;
(2) mailed but not received by the state or political subdivision; or
(3) received and the cancellation mark is illegible, erroneous, or omitted.


Such mailing is deemed filed or made and received on the date it was mailed if the sender establishes by competent evidence that the report, claim, tax return, tax valuation, equalization, or exemption protest, or tax form, petition, appeal, or statement, or payment was deposited in the United States mail on or before the date for filing or paying.


Additionally, there are provisions relevant to delivery and a postmark date of the mailings referred to in section 49-1201.  If any report, claim, tax return, tax valuation, equalization, or exemption protest, or tax form, petition, appeal, or statement, or any payment, is sent by United States mail and either registered or certified, a record authenticated by the United States post office of such registration or certification is considered competent evidence that the report, claim, tax return, tax valuation, equalization, or exemption protest, or tax form, petition, appeal, or statement, or payment was delivered to the state officer or state agency or officer or agency of the political subdivision to which addressed, and the date of registration or certification is deemed the postmarked date. Section 49-1202.


In a related issue, if the date for filing any report, claim, tax return, tax valuation, equalization, or exemption protest, or tax form, petition, appeal, or statement, or for making any payment, upon a Saturday, Sunday, nonjudicial day, or legal holiday, such filing or payment is considered timely if performed in person or postmarked on the next business day. Section 49-1203. 


Elected Officials' Salaries Must Be Set by January 15

The salaries of all elected county officers must be fixed by the county board prior to January 15 of the year in which a general election will be held for the respective offices.  Recognizing that  2014 is such an election year and that County Board members must set the salaries for the 2015-2018 term prior to January 15, 2014, the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) once again renewed its continued effort to promote that fair and equitable salaries and benefits be provided to all elected and appointed county officials.  A report of salary recommendations and supporting documentation was previously sent to your county clerk.  If you would like a copy of the information, please contact Ashley at:

Sustaining_Associate_MembersNACO Sustaining and Association Members                             

The Nebraska Association of County Officials established the Sustaining and Associate Membership program in 1993 to allow representatives of the private sector to become non-voting, dues-paying members. The program has enabled NACO to enhance its continuing education programs and activities for county officials.


 The following businesses and organizations are active members. NACO appreciates the continued support these associate members have provided.

When you meet with any of NACO's Sustaining or Associate members, be sure to thank them for their continued support of Nebraska's county officials.


Sustaining Members


BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska

1233 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100

Lincoln, NE 68508

Telephone: 402.458.4810

Health Insurance Provider


First Concord Benefits Group

P.O. Box 67220

Lincoln, NE 68506

Telephone: 402.423.4454

Employee Benefits


Intergovernmental Data Services Program

501 S. 14th St.

Lincoln, NE 68509

Telephone: 402.471.3031

Information Technology Solutions


Maximus, Inc.

3800 Old Cheney Rd. #101-251

Lincoln, NE 68516

Telephone: 877.942.6466

Management Consulting Services


National Insurance Services

9202 West Dodge Rd., Ste. 302

Omaha, NE 68114

Telephone: 402.592.1303

Custom Crafted Life, Long-Term Disability, Vision & Other Worksite

Benefits for the Public Sector


NMC (Nebraska Machinery Co.)

11002 Sapp Bros. Dr.

Omaha, NE 68138

Telephone: 402.891.8600

Construction and Road Equipment


U.S. Bank

233 South 13th

Lincoln, NE 68508

Telephone: 402.536.5101

Financial Institution



Associate Members


Ameritas Investment Corp.

440 Regency Parkway Dr., Suite 222

Omaha, NE 68114

Telephone: 800.700.2362

FAX: 402.384.8099

Lease Purchase / Bond Finance


Associated General Contractors - Nebraska Chapter

635 S. 14th St., Suite 125

Lincoln, NE 68508

Telephone: 402.435.4355

FAX: 402.435.4356

Trade Association; Heavy Highway Division


Contryman Associates PC

P.O. Box 700

615 W. 1st St.

Grand Island, NE 68802

Telephone: 308.382.5720

FAX: 308.382.5945

Certified Public Accounting Firm


First National Capital Markets

1620 Dodge St., Stop 1104

Omaha, NE 68197

Telephone: 402.602.3372

FAX: 402.938.5337

Bond Financing/Lease Purchase Financing of County Projects


GIS Workshop, Inc.

4949 NW 1st St., Ste. 1

Lincoln, NE 68521

Telephone: 402.436.2150

FAX: 402.436.2152

GIS Consultants


Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

P.O. Box 1925

Kearney, NE 68848-1925

Telephone: 308.237.5971

FAX: 308.236.7549

Hotel, Convention Center, Fine Dining


JEO Consulting Group

142 W. 11th St.

Wahoo, NE 68066

Telephone: 402.443.4661

FAX: 402.443-3508

Engineering Services


Kearney Visitors Bureau

P.O. Box 607

Kearney, NE 68848

Telephone: 308.237.3178

FAX: 308.236.9116

Convention Planning & Assistance, Visitors Services


Kirkham Michael

12700 West Dodge Rd.

P.O. Box 542030

Omaha, NE 68154-8030

Telephone: 402.393.5630

FAX: 402.255.3850

Consulting Engineers


Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance

P.O. Box 83581

Lincoln NE 68501

Telephone: 402.476.2729

FAX: 402.476.6454

Watershed/River Management


Midtown Holiday Inn

2503 S. Locust St.

Grand Island, NE 68801

Telephone: 308.384.1330

FAX: 308.382.4615

Hotel & Convention Center


Murphy Tractor

6100 Arbor Rd

Lincoln, NE 68517

Telephone: 316.945.1015

FAX: 316.942.1542

Deere Construction Equipment


Nebraska Public Agency Investment Trust

P.O. Box 82529

6801 S. 27th St.

Lincoln, NE 68501-2529

Telephone: 402.323.1278

FAX: 402.323.1826

Alternative Investment Tool for Public Agencies


Purple Wave Auction

825 Levee Drive

Manhattan, KS 66502

Telephone: 785.537.5075

FAX: 866.759.0132

Online Auction Service


RP Solutions, Inc.

2415 N. Triphammer Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

Telephone: 607.257.7778

Fax: 607. 257.7779

Remittance Processing Software Solutions


SMITH HAYES Financial Services

1225 L St., Suite 200

Lincoln, NE 68508

Telephone: 402.476.3000

FAX: 402.476.6909



Speece-Lewis Engineers, Inc.

906 S. 26th St.

Lincoln, NE 68510

Telephone: 402.483.5466

FAX: 402.483.1722

Engineering Consultants


Stetson Building Products, Inc.

6820 J St

Omaha, NE 68117

Telephone: 402.331.0333

FAX: 402.331.5999

Construction Supplier


Stock Auction Company

P.O. Box 302

St. Edward, NE 68660

Telephone: 402.678.2411

FAX: 402.678.2511

Auction Company


Thomson Reuters

510 E. Milham Ave.

Portage, MI 49002

Telephone: 269.567.2900

FAX: 269.567.2930

Software and services


University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension

211 Agriculture Hall

Lincoln, NE  68583

Telephone: 402.472.2966

FAX:  402.472.5557

Educational Institution

US_CommunitiesU.S. Communities
CountygovernementdaycdCounty Government Day PowerPoint
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 The CD order form is available here.
County_Board_Handbook_20122013 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2013 County Board Handbook and related revisions are available. The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2013 session, is $80.00/book plus $17.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2013 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 Ashley Vandeloo by clicking here or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 223.
News_From_NACoNews from NACo

NACo Past President Chris Rodgers Participates in National Freight Advisory Committee Meeting


Chris Rodgers, NACo's Immediate Past President and Douglas County, Neb. Commissioner, was in Washington to participate in a meeting of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC). The NFAC was established to engage stakeholders and solicit advice and recommendations on matters related to freight transportation, including the implementation of the freight transportation requirements included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). After a lengthy nomination process that began in February 2013, Commissioner Rodgers was appointed to the NFAC in June and selected to serve on the First and Last Mile Subcommittee.


To read more, click here.


Bipartisan Group of House Members Urge Budget Leaders to Fund PILT


On November 21, a bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) sent a letter to House and Senate budget leaders urging full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. PILT provides payments to counties and other local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of tax-exempt federal land in their jurisdictions. Congress has not yet acted to provide funding for FY2014.


To read more, click here.


NACo Holds Capitol Hill Briefing on "Local Priorities at Stake in Federal Budget Negotiations


On November 19, NACo held the first of a series of "Why Counties Matter" briefings on Capitol Hill.  The briefing focused on "Local Priorities at Stake in Federal Budget Negotiations" and featured NACo Executive Director, Matt Chase, Commissioner George Hartwick of Dauphin County, Pa. and Supervisor Michael May of Prince William County, Va.


To read more, click here.


NACo_Web_Based_EducationNACo Web-Based Education
Affordable Care Act Part 2 - Impact on Self-funded Employers
Thursday, December 12, 2-3:15 p.m. EST
Join NACo for part 2 of webinar series on the Affordable Care Act's impact on counties as employers.  During this webinar, the impact of the law on self-funded plans and the challenges and opportunities for self-funded plans will be discussed.
To register, click here.
News_Across_The_StateNews Across the State
Links are to outside sources and may not be available indefinitely.

Readers may notice in the future that the number of insertions for this section of E-Line may be reduced.  This is due to the fact that several Nebraska Newspapers now charge a fee to read their articles on line making it difficult to link to the articles published.

Dingman Appointed Lancaster County Engineer, 11/19/2013


Long-Time Veterans Service Officer Receives Dedication

KOTA Territory News, 11/19/2013

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