March 11, 2016                                                                           NACO E-Line Archive  

Upcoming Events

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Central District Meeting
March 17, 2016
Borders Inn - Grand Island 
Northeast District Meeting
March 18, 2016
Lifelong Learning Center, NNTCC - Norfolk 

Panhandle District Meeting
March 23, 2016
Gering Civic Center - Gering 
West Central District Meeting
March 24, 2016
Holiday Inn Express - North Platte  

Southeast District Meeting  
March 29, 2016 
Mahoney State Park

County Board Workshop
June 1-3, 2016
Holiday Inn



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In This Issue  
budgetMay 5th Budget Workshop Cancelled
Following a review of the factors affecting attendance at the proposed biennial Budget Workshop conducted by the Nebraska Association of County Officials, it was decided that this year's workshop will be cancelled.

The review of previous budget workshop attendance figures concluded that the majority of the attendees are county clerks and county board members. Each of those groups holds an annual workshop within a month of the proposed day long budget workshop. This year the County Board Workshop Agenda Committee has chosen the Nebraska State Auditor's Office to present budget information along with auditing procedures that will build awareness of proper procedures associated with creating and maintaining a balanced budget with all aspects of accountability in place. Traditionally, the Clerks, Register of Deeds and Election Commissioners also engage the State Auditor's Office to speak at their mid-year workshop with the same topics in mind.

In addition, NACO heard from a number of county clerks who are also election commissioners and they noted that the proposed date for the budget workshop is the week preceding the Nebraska Primary elections. This in all probability will have a negative impact on the number of county clerks who are election commissioners that might attend the budget workshop given their election deadlines and the workload associated with conducting a primary election.

Additionally, many counties hire budget preparers outside the realm of current county employees. Attendance records indicate those outside preparers rarely attend the budget workshop.

With the county clerks and county board members consisting of over ninety percent of the attendees and each of them addressing budgeting and its processes during their respective annual workshops, it has become evident that attendance at a dedicated budget workshop will be very limited. NACO appreciates the comments and concerns that have been raised in regards to this year's budget workshop and will continue to look for the best way to deliver educational opportunities to our members in the future.
codcreminderClerks of the District Court Reminder
Nebraska Rev. Stat. 71-6903(7) provides:
The State Court Administrator shall develop the petition form and accompanying instructions on the procedure for petitioning the court for a waiver of consent, including the name, address, telephone number, and facsimile number of each court in the state. A sufficient number of petition forms and instructions shall be made available in each courthouse in such place that members of the general public may obtain a form and instructions without requesting such form and instructions from the clerk of the court or other court personnel. The clerk of the court shall, upon request, assist in completing and filing the petition for waiver of consent.
borgesonNebraskan Honored For Service
The National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors recognized Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County Commissioner as Chair of the NACo Health Services Committee for her outstanding leadership and service to health of the Nation.

The National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) is the only national voice for county and local behavioral health and developmental disability authorities in Washington, DC. Through education, policy analysis, and advocacy, NACBHDD brings the unique perspective of our members to Congress and the Executive Branch and promotes national policies that recognize and support the critical role counties play in caring for people affected by mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.

NACBHDD is also an active partner in efforts to improve access to, funding for, and quality of behavioral health services, especially those that serve the most vulnerable in our communities. Key issues include: protecting Medicaid coverage, ending the stigma of mental illness, better treatment for veterans, achieving parity in insurance coverage for behavioral health care, affordable housing and vocational training for those with mental illness or developmental disabilities, and many more. 
commdevelCommunity Development Program Being Offered


Experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process, ECAP for Short!

Monday, April 11 in Fremont, Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W 23rd Street
Thursday, April 21 in North Platte, Lincoln County Extension Office, 348 West State Farm Road, North Platte

City and county leaders, non-profit board members, professionals and others involved in community and economic development, who desire to make communities better places to live and work, are invited to experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process.  That's ECAP for short!

The experience starts at 9:30 a.m.; the fun wraps up by 4:30 in the afternoon. To participate complete the registration form at  by noon Thursday, April 6th.

ECAP is a unique community engagement process proven to get people creating new and exciting possibilities for a brighter future. The ECAP approach is built around eight characteristics deemed critical for retaining and attracting people.

An Ashland resident said, "I was new to the community when the ECAP process began, and I frankly can't imagine a better way to get to know a community in a hurry.   I feel a sense of connection to and investment that it might have taken me months or years to achieve without this process."

While the eight characteristics aren't necessarily new or different, successful communities manage them with new and different approaches - approaches that require risk-taking and challenge the status quo...approaches deemed as being out-of-the-box...or ENTREPRENEURIAL!!

Come and join Nebraska Extension and EXPERIENCE ECAP! Learn what it takes to bring ECAP to your community and how to lead the ECAP charge. The ECAP experience comes without a fee thanks to grant funding provided by the Rural Futures Institute. For more information about Nebraska Extension's new Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process, ECAP for short, contact:

Charlotte Narjes             (402) 472-1724                         Jessica Jones                    (402) 335-3669                         
Carroll Welte                     (402) 374-2954                        

cbwgolfGolf Outing Prior to County Board Workshop
NACO is currently in the process of discovering the interest and feasibility of hosting a golf outing on the day prior to the County Board Workshop.  It is our vision that the outing would be held at a local Kearney golf course from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1st of this year. 

This event will not be a part of the workshop registration.  It will be a separate and stand alone event.  We have considered the possibility of having any excess funds generated being contributed to the NACO Scholarship Fund and being used to support county families that have children attending college.

If you might be interested in participating in such an event, please send an email to prior to April 1 to determine initial interest. 
Countygovernementdaycd County 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.
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_2012 2015 County Board  Handbook and Revisions
The 2015 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available! The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2015 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2015 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. For questions, contact Elaine Menzel by email or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 225.
News From NACo

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Mar. 17, 2016
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