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February 7, 2014                                                                www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

NWCA Conference & Trade Show

February 10-12, 2014

Divots Conference Center, Norfolk

 

Southeast District Meeting
March 13, 2014
Mahoney Park, I-80

Panhandle District Meeting
March 19, 2014 Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Community Center

 

West Central District Meeting

March 20, 2014

Bridgeport, Prairie Winds Community Center


Northeast District Meeting
March 21, 2014
Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center

Central District Meeting
March 27, 2014
Kearney, Holiday Inn

 

NWCS Spring Training-Recertification

April 1-2, 2014

Central Community College, Hastings



Assessors Spring Workshop
May 22-23, 2014
Lincoln, Cornhusker Hotel 

 

 

 

To view all 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

Tax Levies and Tax Rates for 2013 Available on Nebraska Department of Revenue's Website 

2014 NACO Scholarship Applications Available   

Nebraska Public Service Commission Receives Initial Report of the Next Generation 911 Study 

MIPS Bytes 

NPERS Has Moved 

U.S. Communities  

Order NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials Now 

County Government Day PowerPoint 

2013 County Board Handbook and Revisions  

News Across the State 

News From NACo 

NACo Web-Based Education 

Legal Calendar 

County Classifieds 

Associate & Sustaining Members 

NACO Education Foundation Memorial Program 

 

2013 tax rates and tax levies for all 93 Nebraska counties can now be viewed on the Nebraska Department of Revenue, Property Assessment Division's website.  Click here to view this information.
 NACO_Scholarship_Application2014 NACO Scholarship Applications Available                             

Nebraska high school seniors who are the children, stepchildren, or under the legal guardianship of county officials or employees are encouraged to apply for one of twelve $1,000.00 NACO scholarships.  Additional information and the application form can be found under the 'Services' tab on the NACO website.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2014.  To access the application, click here.     

Next_Generation_911_ReportNebraska Public Service Commission Receives Initial Report of the Next Generation 911 Study                                                             
The Nebraska Public Service Commission received the initial report of the Next-Generation 911 study pursuant to LB 505 on January 31, 2014.  The report can be read on the Commission's website or by clicking here.  Any interested parties should file comments with the Commission on or before February 18, 2014.
MIPS_BytesMIPS Bytes                             
Does your web browser take a long time to open, or do the toolbars on your browser take up so much space you have to constantly scroll up and down to see the content of a website?  The most common cause of these behaviors is unwanted and unneeded toolbars and add-ons that have been installed on the computer.

The toolbar that most commonly gets added to browsers inadvertently is the Ask.com toolbar.  This toolbar often gets loaded when doing important Java updates.  During the Java setup procedure one of the screens has an option to "Install the Ask Toolbar and make Ask my default search provider."  This option is checked by default and often gets overlooked during the Java update.  Suddenly, after the Java update, you have a new toolbar on your browser and anytime you search for something in your address bar you go to Ask.com instead of Google or Bing like you are used to.

Another toolbar that often gets added to Internet Explorer is the Google Toolbar.  The Google Toolbar is usually added during Adobe Flash Player updates.  The Adobe Flash Player update will also install Google Chrome and make it the default browser if you do not clear the checkbox that says, "Yes, install Chrome as my default browser and Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer."  The Google Toolbar is not needed by most users because Internet Explorer has the ability to use Google as your search provider without the need to install a toolbar.

In order to prevent these toolbars from showing up on your system, you should always take the time to read the installation steps carefully.  If anything is checked that you do not want on your system, be sure to uncheck the box before continuing.  If you are unsure, contact your IT department and ask if it is something that is needed.

If you have already installed the toolbars and want to get rid of them, you can uninstall them through your operating system's Add/Remove Programs feature, or you can disable them in your browser.  To disable them in Internet Explorer click on the gear icon that is usually found in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Then, click on "Manage add-ons".  Find the toolbar you wish to disable in the "Toolbars and Extensions" list and then click on the "Disable" button.  You will need to close and reopen Internet Explorer to see the changes you made.
NPERSNPERS Has Moved                             
Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems has moved.  Their new location is 1526 "K" Street., Suite #400, Lincoln, NE 68509-4816.  Phone numbers and P.O. Box remain the same.
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NACO_DirectoryOrder NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials Now
NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.  County clerks for each county will receive one complimentary copy of the directory intended for use by all offices in their courthouse.  For additional copies, click here for the order form.
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 larrydix@nacone.org. 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_Across_The_StateNews Across the State                             

Courthouse Offices to be Evaluated 

York Times, 1/25/2014

 

Six Options Posed for Hall County Courthouse 

Grand Island Daily Independent, 1/29/2014

Commissioners Reach Spraying Agreement
North Platte  Telegraph, 2/4/2014

North Platte Bulletin, 2/5/2014
News_From_NACoNews From NACo

Registration for the 2014 NACo Cyber Symposium is Now Open

Join NACo April 9-11 in Omaha, Neb. for one and a half days of education and networking around the topics of cybersecurity.  This year's symposium will follow a two-track model with targeted programming for both county officials, and IT and cybersecurity staff.  NACo is offering complementary registration for all Cyber for Counties Task Force Members.  To read more, click here.

 

Senate Passes Measure that Delays Federal Flood Insurance Premiums

NACo applauded Senate passage of legislation to delay implementation of new federal flood insurance premiums which would cause insurance rates to rise rapidly in certain areas of the country.  To read more, click here.

 

County Priorities Part of President's State of the Union Address

America's county officials were encouraged by some issues President Obama raised in his State of the Union address including transportation and water infrastructure, economic development, healthcare and immigration reform.  To read more, click here.

 

High School Seniors Eligible for NACo-Nationwide Scholarships

For the ninth year, NACo and Nationwide Retirement Solutions (NRS) will award four high school seniors scholarships of $2,000 each.  To be eligible, a parent, grandparent or legal guardian must be enrolled in and contributing to the NACo 457 Deferred Compensation Program, which is administered by NRS.  In addition, applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are legal U.S. residents enrolled or enrolling full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college.  To read more, click here.

 

Counties Win in Farm Bill Conference Report

PILT was extended thanks to a bipartisan farm bill conference report containing several provisions championed by NACo.  The bill reauthorizes county priorities within the Rural Development Title and protects county authority over forest roads.  To read more, click here.

 

NACo'S 2014 County Leadership Institute - Nominations Open

NACo will offer its Eleventh Annual County Leadership Institute in Washington, DC, June 1-5, 2014.  The Institute accepts only one participant from each state, based on your nomination.  If you've nominated candidates before, you're familiar with the program goals.  To learn more about eh CLI and for additional details, please see NACo's 2014 CLI Brochure by clicking here.

 

NACo_Web_Based_EducationNACo Web-Based Education
Models for Change:  Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Eastern Time
The MacArthur Foundation is a dedicated leader in advancing juvenile justice reform across the country, parimarily through its Models for Change intiative.  Models for Change promotes greater use of evidence-based practices, improving aftercare and mental health services, increasing community-based alternatives to incarceration and reducing racial and ethnic disparities.  This webinar will provide an overview of why juveniles should be treated differently in the justice system and Model for Change can help our county improve public safety and support kids, even while faced with tight budgets and tough fiscal decisions.  This webinar is the first in a four-part series that will highlight how the Models for Change juvenile justice system reform initiative has supported counties and states in reforming how they treat kids who have committed crimes.

To register for this webinar, click here.

To view NACo's entire web-based education listing, click here.
Institute_of_Excellence_2014NACO Institute of Excellence Enrollment Open Now                            
The NACO Institute of Excellence is tailor-made to target the skills, tools and needs that Nebraska county officials have identified as important to their work and professional development.  Based on the results of a NACO/Extension survey, the Institute was developed to provide communication and leadership training on the issues faced by today's county officials.  It will help participants manage effectively and lead change.

Sessions are taught by faculty from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha School of Public Administration.

The enrollment deadline for NACO Institute of Excellence is February 21, 2014.  To read more about this year's offerings, click here.

To enroll in NACO's 2014 Institute of Excellence contact Leslie Preston in the NACO office..
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