June 26, 2015                                                          NACO E-Line Archive 

Upcoming Events

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Assessor's Workshop   

Sandhill's Convention Center  & Quality Inn & Suites

North Platte, NE

August 24 - 27  

Review Agenda Here 

Register Here 


Central District Meeting

Holiday Inn   

Kearney, NE
September 17, 2015
Agenda coming soon


Northeast District Meeting

St. Benedictine Center, Schuyler, NE
September 18, 2015
Agenda coming soon


Panhandle District Meeting

September 23, 2015
Agenda coming soon


West Central District Meeting

September 24, 2015
Agenda coming soon


Register of Deeds Workshop
Holiday Inn

Kearney, NE
October 14, 2015


10th Annual NACO Legislative Conference
Holiday Inn

Kearney, NE
October 15, 2015


Southeast District Meeting

Mahoney State Park
October 22, 2015
Agenda coming soon


Nebraska Weed Control Fall Training

Kearney, NE
November 5 - 6, 2015


121st Annual NACO Conference

Younes Conference Center  

Kearney, NE
December 9 - 11, 2015



To view all upcoming events, click here.



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In This Issue  

County Board Workshop Photos

Annual Conference Hotel Reservations

Workshop Accessing 911 Service From Mulit-Line Telephone Systems

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Announcement   

Legal Line     

County Government Day PowerPoint  

2015 County Official Directory Order Form  

2014 County Board Handbook and Revisions  

News From NACo  

NACo Web-Based Education 

County Classifieds   

Legal Calendar

Associate & Sustaining Members 

cbwphotosCounty Board Workshop Photos
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.

The Kearney Visitor's Bureau has a webpage designed specifically for conference information as it becomes available through the planning process.  You can visit that page by clicking here.

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.

Reservations for the 2015 NACO Annual Conference may be made beginning June 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. You must phone the hotel of choice to make reservations stating that you are attending the conference to receive the group discounted room rate. Only guaranteed reservations will be accepted. Reservations must be guaranteed with either a credit card or by direct billing back to your county.


PLEASE NOTE: Reservations may be made initially under the county name but must all have individual names of who will occupy each room no later than November 10, 2015. Any reservation being held under the county name after this date will be cancelled.




Wingate Inn:      (308) 237-4400


Hampton Inn:    (308) 234-3400


Fairfield Inn:      (308) 236-4200


Comfort Inn:      (308) 236-3400


Holiday Inn:       (308) 237-5971




Holiday Inn Express:                                       (308) 234-8100  


Best Western Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites: (308) 234-2541


AmericInn:                                                         (308) 234-7800


Country Inn & Suites:                                      (308) 236-7500


Ramada Inn:                                                     (308) 237-3141  

multi911Workshop Accessing 911 Service From Multi-Line Telephone Systems

The Nebraska Public Service Commission

will be hosting a Workshop for
Accessing 911 Service
Multi-Line Telephone Systems

June 30, 2015

Nebraska Innovation Campus
University of Nebraska
2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, NE  68508

9:00 am. to 12:00 p.m.

Featuring FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai
Whenever someone dials 911, they expect and deserve to reach emergency personnel who can assist them in their time of need.  However people utilize multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) that require users to connect to an outside line to reach 911 services.  Facilities across the country have been configuring their MLTS so that persons do not need to dial a "9" or any other access code before dialing 911.  Most MLTS/PBX systems can be enabled to accommodate direct dialing of the digits 9-1-1 so these calls can be routed to a 911 Center/Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

Fortunately. there are technical solutions to this challenge that are currently being offered by numerous telephone system service providers.

We are pleased to announce that the FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will be joining us on June 30, 2015, to discuss  this very important public safety issue and the steps that can be taken to achieve a higher level of public safety throughout the state.
mentalhealthMental Health and Juvenile Justice Announcement

National Association of Counties Announces  
Juvenile Justice Reform Academy


The National Association of Counties (NACo) is accepting applications for the County Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform Action Academy

The Action Academy, which is scheduled for October 21-23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, will bring together teams of local officials and county partners to learn about serving justice-involved youth in contact with the behavioral health and/or child welfare systems and to create action plans to increase collaboration and improve outcomes in their communities.

NACo is able to provide travel funding for up to four members from each county team.  Applications are due Thursday, July 2, 2015.

More information can be found here:
legallineLegal 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.


An adverse possessor did not have standing to challenge a tax sales certificate under a Nebraska Supreme Court case decided on June 5, 2015.


In Hauxwell v. Henning, 291 Neb. 1, __ N.W.2d __ , the Hanzlicks purchased tax sales certificates and eventually received treasurer's deeds on two tracts of land adjoining the Hauxwell's property. The Hauxwell family had grazed cattle and performed weed control on the property since at least 1971 but had not paid property taxes on the land. When the Hanzlicks sought the treasurer's deed, they gave the required notice to the owner and his heir, but did not give notice to Hauxwell. After they acquired the deed, they sent notice of their ownership to Hauxwell and indicated that they believed Hauxwell was using the land. Hauxwell filed a claim in district court to quiet title to the tracts by a claim of adverse possession. The district court quieted title in favor of Hauxwell but did not rule on other issues related to the tax deeds. The Hanzlicks appealed.

The Supreme Court determined that Hauxwell did not have standing under Neb.Rev.Stat. 77-1844, which sets out the conditions precedent that must be satisfied to challenge a treasurer's tax deed. This section states, "No person shall be permitted to question the title acquired by a treasurer's deed without first showing that he, or the person under whom he claims title, had title to the property at the time of the sale, or that the title was obtained from the United States or this state after the sale, and that all taxes due upon the property had been paid by such person or the persons under whom he claims title as aforesaid." (Emphasis added.)

Because Hauxwell did not provide evidence that she had paid the taxes, she did not have standing to challenge the tax deeds.


The Court also addressed the Hanzlicks' counterclaim that was dismissed by the district court. The counterclaim requested the district court to eject Hauxwell from the premises and enjoin Hauxwell from future trespass. The Supreme Court found that merely having title to the property does not automatically guarantee a right to an injunction against future trespass. Because it was unclear from the record who was currently occupying the land or whether there was any threat that Hauxwell would trespass in the future, the Supreme Court remanded the issue to the district court to determine whether an injunction was necessary.


The full text of the case is available here.

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 .
 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.
NACoNews From NACo

       House Passed Bill would Preempt Local Tax Authority on Internet Access

On June 9, the House passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) (H.R. 235) by voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which was enacted in 1998 and extended several times thereafter, to outlaw state and local taxation of Internet access and prohibit multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce. NACo opposes the measure because it preempts state and local tax authority, and along with several local government groups, sent a letter to House members to voice opposition. Senate prospects for the bill are uncertain.


ITFA was designed to prevent state and local governments from adding taxes to the monthly charge that subscribers pay for access to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider. Its intent was to encourage development of the Internet, which, in 1998, was a relatively new technology. This justification is no longer applicable given the substantial advancements in technology that have occurred since.


Additionally, because of the broad definition of "Internet access" currently in the law, many things, such as the ever-increasing number of goods and services being delivered over broadband, will be exempt from state and local taxation even though they have little to do with Internet access. This will result in increasing amounts of lost revenue that state and local governments rely on to fund essential services in their communities, like firefighters and police officers, schools, parks, libraries and continued investments to address aging infrastructure.


Attention now turns to the Senate, where the bill's path remains uncertain. Soon after the House passed the bill, the Senate sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act - Sens. Enzi (R-Wyo.), Durbin (D-Ill.), Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Heitkamp (D-N.D.) - issued statements expressing support for consideration of extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act only if it were coupled with the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).


MFA is a long-standing priority for NACo that would grant state and local governments with the ability to enforce existing sales tax laws on online purchases.  Late in the 113th Congress, the Senate MFA sponsors introduced legislation that combined a 10-year extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act with the MFA.  However, the bill did not receive consideration before the end of the session. NACo will continue to monitor and report developments as they occur.

For article credits and more information, click here.  

nacowebNACO Web-based Education


Jun 30, 2015

Join us for the next webinar in the Stepping Up series to learn about key strategies for screening and assessing for mental illnesses in jail and methods for collecting and reviewing prevalence numbers to set baselines for tracking the numbers of people with mental illnesses in your jail. On this webinar, national and county behavioral health and criminal justice experts and practitioners will discuss how they are able to identify people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders at jail intake and effective practices for screening and assessing for risk of recidivism. They will also outline effective methods to more accurately count the number of individuals with mental illnesses in their jails and how they have been able to use this information to inform policy, practice and resource allocation decisions.


U.S. Supreme Court Decision: Health Insurance Marketplace Tax Credit Subsidies

Jul 30, 2015

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.

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