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May 1, 2015                                                                 www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

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Board of Equalization Workshop

Holiday Inn 

Kearney, NE

May 14, 2015

Agenda 

Register Here   

 

County Board Workshop

Holiday Inn  

Kearney, NE

June 10-12, 2015

Tentative Agenda 

Register Here  

 

Clerks, Register of Deeds and Election Commissioners Workshop

Sandhills Convention Center, Quality Inn & Suites 

North Platte, NE

June 10-12, 2015

Tentative Agenda

Register Here  

 

Highway Superintendents, Surveyors and Engineers Workshop

North Platte, NE

June 16-18, 2015

 

Treasurers Workshop

Holiday Inn Express Beatrice, NE

June 16-18, 2015

 

Clerks of the District Court Workshop

Kearney, NE

June 17-18, 2015 

  

To view all upcoming events, click here.


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In This Issue  

Early Registration for County Board of Equalization Ends Today! 

Annual Conference Hotel Reservations  

Open Meetings Law Workshops  

County Board Workshop to be Held in June this Year 

Department of Revenue Announces Assessor Test Date
Nebraska Juvenile Justice Conference Set for 2015
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County Government Day PowerPoint  

2015 County Official Directory Order Form  

2014 County Board Handbook and Revisions  

News From NACo  

NACo Web-Based Education 

2015 Spring District Meeting Picture Collage  

County Classifieds    (Check out the Surplus NACO Property) 

Legal Calendar

Associate & Sustaining Members 

cobrdequalEarly Registration for County Board of Equalization
Ends Today!
TODAY IS THE DEADLINE for early registration for the County Board of Equalization being held in Kearney on May 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center.  After today, the registration fee will increase $10 to $75.

Please do not be discouraged by missing the early registration.  Continue reading this article and then register so you and your county can benefit from this ongoing training opportunity.  County Board of Equalization handbooks will be given to all the attendees as a part of the registration fee.

Over half of the counties across the state have registered attendees that will learn about their roles and responsibilities in the equalization process and meet with members of the Tax Review Commission.  Ruth Sorensen, from the Nebraska  Department of Revenue also has time on the agenda to speak and answer questions about the process as well.  Learning from your peers is also an important step in being prepared for the challenges counties face in administration of their equalization process.

To review the agenda for the County Board of Equalization, click here.

To register for the County Board of Equalization Workshop, register here.
annconfresAnnual Conference Hotel Reservations
The 2015 NACO Annual Conference will be held in Kearney at the Younes Convention CenterThe conference dates are December 9th through the 11th.

Rooms have been contracted at the Wingate inn, the Hampton Inn, the Holiday Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, the Comfort Inn and the Fairfield Inn for $99.95 per night for single and double rooms and suites are contracted for $149.95 per night.

Rooms will be available for booking on and after June 4th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. CST.

All rooms booked earlier than the above listed date will not be guaranteed at the contracted rates.

Hotel phone reservation desk numbers will be provided in future E-line articles. 
NASBOpen Meetings Law Workshops


REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2015 NASB
Open Meetings Law Workshops 

6:30 to 8:00 PM

June 16 | Lincoln 
Cornhusker Marriott | 333 South 13th Street 

June 17 | Norfolk
 
Lifelong Learning Center | 801 Benjamin Avenue 

Registration Deadline | June 11, 2015

 

The Nebraska Association of School Boards is hosting a series of meetings across the state to address the intricacies of the Open Meetings Law.  This will also be an opportunity to ask questions of NASB's Legal Counsel, Jennifer Jorgensen, who will conduct the workshops.

 
The workshops will provide information regarding agenda, notice, minutes, closed session, special meetings, emergency meetings and public comment in addition to answering questions from attendees.  The target audiences for the workshops are school board members and secretaries, school superintendents, city council members and clerks, county attorneys and county boards, and community and civic boards.  CLE credits are available for attorneys.

To register for the workshop, please click here or contact NASB at 1-800-422-4572.  The registration fee for a non-NASB member is $35 with a $10 cancellation fee prior to the registration deadline listed above.
cbrdwkshpCounty Board Workshop to be Held in June this Year
After last year's County Board Workshop in February, it was decided to move the workshop time from February to June.  A declining registration rate was determined to be the main factor in the decision.  Larry Dix, NACO Executive Director stated that, "while it is difficult to pick a time that will work for everyone, we will continue to offer the same quality of education for the workshop that has been enjoyed in the past."

This year's County Board Workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney on June 10th through June 12th.  Registration for the event may be accomplished by clicking here.  The workshop agenda can be reviewed here.  Advance registration deadline for the Workshop is May 29, 2015.

 The Holiday Inn and Convention Center is the designated workshop hotel.  The room rate is guaranteed at $94.95 per night at that hotel only.  Other hotels in that area are not obliged to honor that rate.
deptofreveneuDepartment of Revenue Announces Assessor Test Date

The Property Assessment Division has posted a news release to the Division's website for the County Assessor/Deputy Assessor Exam May 14, 2015.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Policy/Legal Section of the Property Assessment Division.

juvenileNebraska Juvenile Justice Conference Set for 2015

The Nebraska Juvenile Justice Conference agenda, registration and conference site has been finalized for 2015.

To review the conference brochure for the agenda, click here.

To register for the conference, click here.
mipsbytesMIPS Bytes 
Microsoft Windows 10

As you may have heard, Microsoft is developing a new Windows operating system named Windows 10. An official release date is not confirmed, but rumors have it shipping third quarter of 2015. The system is redesigned and has a number of new features that make Windows 10 promising. From PC to tablets and phones, the look and feel will be the same across multiple devices.

 

A start menu that is more like Windows 7 has made a return. The new start menu has a list of programs on the left side while the right side is live tiles of modern apps that display constantly changing information such as weather or news. The menu is customizable and automatically adjusts for what device you are using.

 

Another new feature is the Siri-like digital assistant Cortana. A Cortana search bar has been added and can be used by typing in a search term, question or request. If you have a microphone attached to your PC you can use voice recognition to ask questions or make requests. Cortana does a universal search looking through files, settings, emails, videos, music and apps on your PC or in your OneDrive account and on the web.

 

Cortana will also be featured in a new browser introduced with Windows 10 developed as "Project Spartan". Project Spartan is designed for use with HTML5, the same markup language other modern browsers use. The browser adds the ability to create annotations on web pages to share and edit with others or print for reference. Internet Explorer 10 is included with Windows 10 only for compatibility support with ActiveX add-ons.

 

Windows 10 has numerous new features and updates with more to be announced. Microsoft is making strides back in the right direction after Windows 8 had a lot of users wishing they could go back to Windows 7. It may be too soon to tell, but the new system appears to be a change for the better. Microsoft plans on releasing Windows 10 for free to Windows 7 or Windows 8 users.

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 .
 coudir2015 County Official Directory Order Form
NACO's 2015 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.  In January, 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.
County_Board_Handbook_20122014 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2014 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available. The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2014 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2014 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 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.
newsnacoNews From NACo


NACo is pleased to offer its Twelfth Annual County Leadership Institute in Washington, DC, May 31-June 4, 2015. The County Leadership Institute (CLI) is a rigorou
s four-day program offered in partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates. The Institute, now in its twelfth year, has graduated well over 250 members from 42 states and 160 counties across the country.

Known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing county government in the 21st century, this year's program will focus closely on the demands of personal leadership in a new era of government, one characterized as a "permanent crisis" by CLI Program Developer and Cambridge Leadership co-founder Marty Linsky.  

 

The Institute accepts only one participant from each state.  If you are interested in participating in the 2015 County Leadership Institute, please contact your State Association Executive Director for details and request a nomination.

 

For information on the program or frequently asked questions, click here. 

nacowebNACO Web-based Education
U.S. Supreme Court Decision: Health Insurance
 Marketplace Tax Credit Subsidies
 Webinar

                                    Thu, Jun 25, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

A critical provision of the Affordable Care Act is to provide tax credit subsidies to qualifying individuals and families purchasing health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Supreme Court case King v. Burwell challenges whether the subsidies can be provided to those who obtain coverage via the federal marketplace. The Supreme Court's ruling may have a profound impact on counties as the local safety net and as employers. Join us to learn the implications.  

To register for the webinar, click here.
piccollage2015 Spring District Meeting Picture Collage
Selected photos have been placed in a picture collage from the 2015 Spring District Meetings.  Click here to view those photos.

Photos from the Southeast District Meeting will follow in the next publication of the E-line.
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