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September 26, 2014                                                       www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events


NACO Legislative Conference

October 16, 2014

Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney  

 

NACO Annual Conference

December 10 - 12, 2014

Century Link Center, Omaha  

 

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In This Issue

Legislative Conference Set for October 16  

Annual Conference Matters     

Free Financial Professional Training  

2 Day Grant Workshop in Grand Island on October 20 & 21  

Free Community Aid and Juvenile Justice Conference 

Advanced Institute of Excellence to be Held in Kearney 

Interim Studies Keep Legislators Busy  

Unfunded Mandates Interim Study Scheduled for Hearings 

Immediate Reply Needed For Text To 911 

Legal Line   

Order NACO's 2014 Directory of County Officials Now  

County Government Day PowerPoint 

2013 County Board Handbook and Revisions  

News From NACo  

NACo Web-Based Education  

News Across the State 

County Classifieds    

Legal Calendar

Associate & Sustaining Members 

lecLegislative Conference Set for October 16th
NACO's 9th Annual Legislative Conference will be held in Kearney on October 16, 2014.  If you haven't already done so, be sure to mark this date on your calendar because you won't want to miss this educational opportunity.   

 

To view the tentative agenda for this conference, click here.

 

The registration fee for this conference is only $45.00.  The registration fee includes two breaks, a luncheon and all handout materials.

 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Kearney.  Rates for lodging are $85.95 single/double.  You may contact the Holiday Inn at (308)237-5971 for lodging.  Be sure to mention that you are with the NACO Legislative Conference to receive the contracted rate.

 

At this conference you will have input into establishing NACO's platform and legislative priorities.  Take a look at the tentative agenda and you will see that this conference is a very important part of each elected and appointed county official's continuing education, not to mention your opportunity to have input into legislation that affects county government as a whole.  

 

To register for the Legislative Conference, click here.

Conference_MattersAnnual Conference Matters

Lodging

 

Lodging for NACO's 120th Annual Conference became available in June, 2014. The conference will be held in Omaha December 10-12 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.  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).

 

Planning

NACO has sent, via e-mail, planning grids and cut off dates to each affiliate group leader requesting that each group plan their sessions for the upcoming Annual Conference in December.   

 

County Official of the Year Nominations 

 

Do you know of an elected or appointed county official who you feel serves as the embodiment of a true dedicated public official?  If so, nominate that individual for the annual County Official of the Year Award.  The Nebraska Association of County Officials will present its highest honor to one county official at the conclusion of the December 12th business meeting.

 

The County Official of the Year Award was created as a means of honoring one individual each year for his or her leadership abilities, high standard of public service and outstanding contributions made to the medium of county government and that person's community.

 

The official nomination form can be found on NACO's website or by clicking here.    

 

To nominate someone you know, print the form, complete it and return it to the NACO office by November 14th, along with any supplemental materials you feel would provide additional insight into why this person is deserving of the award.  Supporting material may include testimonial letters from peers or other printed matter that highlight his or her record of service.  Each of the 2014 nominees will be introduced and recognized during the conference.  The announcement will be made as to who has been chosen by a special selection committee following the NACO Business Meeting on Friday, December 12.  The 2014 recipient will join an elite list of county officials who have previously received this award and will receive a handsomely engraved plaque befitting of this prestigious honor.

fptaFree Financial Professional Training
Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing is offering government employees financial professional training on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) building at 1800 North 33rd Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This training is sponsored by the Lancaster County Treasurer's Office, Allen, Gibbs and Houlik, L.C. and the Lincoln Chapter Association of Government Accountants.

For more details of the training and registration requirements,click here.

Financial Professional Training hotel information may be found by clicking here.
grwGrants Workshop in Grand Island
The Nebraska State Patrol Criminal Identification Division and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Grand Island, October 20-21, 2014.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Details can be obtained by clicking here.  
juvjusconFree Community Aid and Juvenile Justice Conference
The upcoming Nebraska Community Aid and Juvenile Justice Conference is focused on Community-Based Aid, Community Planning, and Evidence-Based Practices. Attendance is open to juvenile justice stakeholders statewide on Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31, 2014. National and local speakers will be presenting practical information on evidence-based programming to include:  truancy intervention and prevention, status offenders, diversion, mentoring, gang prevention and intervention, reentry, substance abuse, mental health and disproportionate minority contact.

Registration information can be found here.

A tentative agenda for the two day conference can be found here
Advanced_InstituteAdvanced Institute of Excellence to be Held in Kearney
Today's leaders rely on stakeholders to help them make the hard decisions.

They also use after-action reviews to evaluate outcomes of their decisions.

These concepts and more will be introduced at the NACO Advanced Institute of Excellence, Wednesday, October 15th in Kearney at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The Advanced Institute is open to ALL. 

The NACO Institute of Excellence will be conveniently held the day before the 9th Annual NACO Legislative Conference. The program starts at 10:00 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m.  The cost is only $45 for the entire day; lunch is included. For more information about this fall's Advanced Institute and future Institutes of Excellence download a .pdf version of the 2014 - 2015 Program Offerings brochure by clicking here.
intstInterim Studies Keep Legislators Busy

Although the next legislative session won't officially begin until January, senators and staff are working on new legislation during the interim.  Resolutions proposing interim studies are offered during the session to examine new ideas for legislation and to dig deeper into issues raised by previously-introduced bills. Public hearings are held on some of the priority issues selected by each legislative committee, including the topics that are of interest to counties.  County officials are encouraged to attend the hearings and provide testimony. Unlike hearings during the legislative session, testifiers do not need to take a position in support or opposition to the issue, but are simply asked to provide input.  


To read more about the hearings and their schedules click here.
unfunUnfunded Mandates Interim Study Scheduled for Hearings

County officials have an opportunity to share information and concerns about unfunded and underfunded mandates at two interim study hearings of the Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committees. On October 24, the committee will meet in Lincoln and will meet again on October 29 in South Sioux City.

 

To read more details about the hearings click here. 

txt911Immediate Reply Needed for Text to 911

The Nebraska Public Service Commission (Commission) entered an order on its own motion seeking to investigate and determine whether additional funds from the Enhanced Wireless 911 Fund should be made available to public safety answering points (PSAPs) for costs to implement Text to 911 solutions. The order also sought comments on specific questions regarding the types of Text to 911 solutions available to PSAPs, the costs of implementing and providing Text to 911 solutions to PSAPs, how such funding should be available, and any other helpful information.

 

The Commission's Progression Order can be reviewed by clicking here.

 

The Text to 911 Interim Funding Nebraska Public Service Commission Staff Proposal can be reviewed here.

 

Comments are due to the Public Service Commission by October 3, 2014.  The details of filing are outlined in the Progression Order.  A hearing is set for October 7, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the Commission Office.  A form for filing comments can be seen here.

leglLegal Line
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Beth Ferrell 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. 

Three recent decisions by the Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) highlight the difficulties in assessing rent-restricted housing. County assessors must perform an income approach calculation to value such properties, and pursuant to Neb.Rev.Stat. 77-112, may consider other methods of determining the value that are consistent with professionally accepted mass appraisal methods. In exchange for the rent restrictions, the projects receive federal tax credits. Nebraska regulations require assessors to recognize that the actual or market value is influenced by the income and rent restrictions and consider trends in supply and demand of such properties. The infrequency of sales and the similarity of the structures to housing that is not rent-restricted add to the difficulty in determining the valuation.

 

When the TERC considered the cases, it applied the standard presumption in favor of the value set by the county board. If it determined that the taxpayer had met the burden to show that the board's valuation was unreasonable and arbitrary by clear and convincing evidence, the TERC then reviewed the evidence and adopted the most reasonable estimate of actual value presented.

 

To determine the best evidence of value in these cases, the TERC considered a variety of factors including maximum rent levels, vacancy and collection loss rates, expense ratios, capitalization rates, and other factors. Each of the decisions is fact-specific and the full text can be viewed here

 

Many of the issues presented in these cases were discussed when legislation was introduced in 2013 to revise the valuation of rent-restricted housing. LB348 advanced from the Revenue Committee with an amendment that would have required assessors, when using the income approach to value low-income housing, to use a capitalization rate calculated annually by NIFA (Nebraska Investment Finance Authority). Other amendments would have created an advisory committee. The discussion will continue when new legislation introduced in 2015.  

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 received 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_From_NACoNews From NACo
New Funding Opportunities for Juvenile Justice Reform

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that they are providing $2 million in funding to advance juvenile justice reform in jurisdictions across the country.

 

Through this partnership, OJJDP and MacArthur will support training and technical assistance for local governments to meet the mental health needs of system-involved youth, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and promote coordination and integration for youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

To read about the program areas, click here.

"Waters of the United States" has Impact on Counties Across the Nation

On April 21 the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a new proposed rule - Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act - that would amend the definition of "waters of the U.S." and expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. Counties could feel a major impact as more waters become federally protected and subject to new rules or standards.

 

The proposed rule would impact county-owned and maintained roadside ditches, flood control channels, drainage conveyances, storm water systems, green infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Read NACo's analysis on how the proposed rule would impact counties here.

Attend NACO's Legislative Conference in Kearney and hear a Nebraska perspective by Katie Spohn from the Nebraska Attorney General's Office.

To review the NACO Legislative Conference agenda click here.
NACo_WebinarsNACo Web-Based Education
Mental Health Parity:  What it Means for Counties as Providers

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

The regulations for the Mental Health Parity Law are now final. Health insurance plans must provide equal coverage for physical and behavioral health services. What does this mean for your county? How do these regulations interact with the Affordable Care Act? What are the challenges and/or opportunities for implementing mental health parity? Join county leaders and United Health Care to discuss the implications of mental health parity for your county.

To register for this webinar, Click here.

To view NACo's entire web-based education listing, click here.
News_Across_the_StateNews Across the State
Rural Bridges In Need of Repair
Fremont Tribune   9/25/2014

Hastings DAV Gets New Ride
Hastings Tribune  09/25/2014

State Seeking Counties To House State Inmates
Lincoln Journal Star  09/25/2014

Ag Land Valuation Among Candidates' Tax Targets
LEXCH.com  09/19/2014
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