AIC eNewsletter
December 14, 2017

Governor Holcomb to Speak at AIC 2018 Legislative Conference

Jo in us  for t he 2018 AIC Legislative Confer ence on Jan. 30 & Jan. 31, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in  downtown Indiana polis. During this two-day conference you will learn more  about the legislative process as well as have further in -depth di s cussions on current issues affecting local governm ent. Gov ernor Eric Holcomb will address the conference during the Opening Session on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Also during Ope ning Session, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David will inform attendees of several court related init iatives effecting counties, and  Ball State University Political Science Associate Professor Charles Taylor will review the  results of the Hoosier Survey.

During the Wednesday morning session, you will also learn about the 10-year impact of tax caps on Indiana's local government tax structure from Purdue Agricultural Economics professor, Dr. Larry DeBoer.  

Registration, hotel information, and a full agenda is available at  www.indianacounties.org.

In This Issue
TRECS Debt Setoff Program

The TRECS program is building up steam. There are currently 7 counties that have signed Memorandum's of Understanding with the AIC, taking advantage of the new tool available to them for the collection of delinquent property taxes.
 
For those who are interested it is still not too late to start the process. You can find all of the needed documentation on our webpage under TRECS Debt Setoff. If you have any questions or need assistance getting started, don't hesitate to call Jacque Clements at (317) 829-3655 or email her at jclements@indianacounties.org
Task Force Researches Improving Indiana's Public Defender System
 
AIC Executive Director David Bottorff is a member of the Task Force on Public Defense.  You can read about the task force in the Indiana Lawyer. Click here to view article.

IURC Expands "Call Before You Dig" Training with Grants to Cities, Towns, and Counties

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has expanded its Safe Dig Indiana training to include a new grant for local government employees to attend training and education programs involving underground utility safety practices. The Safe Dig Indiana | Local Grant is intended to help ensure local governments can affordably provide quality training to their employees and, through education, facilitate engagement of local governments in broader regional and statewide underground facility safety networks.

To view full news release, click here More information about the grant, including a list of approved training and education programs, can be found at www.SafeDigIndiana.com
AIC Year End Invoice Help
 
As year-end quickly approaches, now is the time to check for the status of any past due invoices you may have through the AIC website.
 
You can view and pay bills by going to our homepage and clicking on the VIEW OR PAY YOUR BILL button (gray button under "Welcome" section) on the home page. For most county officials the system currently only allows the Auditor to access invoicing and all paid transactions. 
 
Once selecting the VIEW OR PAY YOUR BILL button, you will then be taken to the Members Only page where your user name and password will need to be entered. From there, click on PAY YOUR BILLS. The system will forward you to the Online Bill Pay Screen where any open invoices will be listed under OPEN INVOICES.
 
If there are OPEN INVOICES, you may view them by selecting each item and then select either VIEW or PAY (check the box above VIEW).  Should you need a copy of an invoice paid by credit card, scroll down on that same screen to see these invoices. They will appear under the payment information box in the TRANSACTION HISTORY FOR YOUR COUNTY. Please contact Pam Coleman at pcoleman@indianacounties.org if you need assistance in checking for outstanding invoices. 
 
With the budget year closing soon, it is very important to review outstanding invoices, whether ours or others, to ensure they are attributed to the correct budget year. As always, please feel free to contact Pam Coleman for any assistance needed.  
Register Now for NACo's 2018 Health & Justice Forum

 
Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and your peers Jan. 17-19 in Shelby County (Memphis), Tenn., for a Forum on the Intersections of Health and Justice.
 
This event will bring together county leaders from across the country to learn from each other and from experts on prevention, intervention, reentry and other issues involving county health and justice systems. Sessions will include:
  • Whole-Family and Whole-Community Approaches to Improving Health and Preventing Justice System Involvement
  • Sharing Data Between the Justice System and Service Providers to Address Needs and Target Treatment
  • Counties Taking Action Against the Opioid Epidemic
  • Paving a Path to Successful Community Reintegration
  • Optional tours of the National Civil Rights Museum and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and
  • Much more!
NACo's housing block will close Dec. 22 or when rooms sell out, so make your reservation now! More hotel information is below.
 
There is a $100 registration fee for all attendees.
For more information or questions please contact Olivia Nedd, Program Associate for Justice and Health, at 202.942.4205 or onedd@naco.org.
AIC 2017 Annual County Factbooks Available

he AIC Annual County Factbook is a 181 page resource that offers detailed salaries for the most common job titles in county government. Detailed information on employee benefits and personnel numbers for county departments are also included along with budget information, road information, tax information, etc.

Data for most counties is available and is grouped by population type, making it easy to compare your county's data with similar-sized counties.

Counties receive three complimentary copies which were mailed in August to the County Auditor for distribution - one each to the commissioner president, county president and county auditor.

Click here to download the order form.
Job Posting: Franklin County Highway Engineer

Franklin County is seeking to fill its County Highway Engineer position. Duties include but are not limited to: supervising assigned personnel, providing engineering and administrative services for maintenance of county roads, bridges and culverts, and coordinating work performed by engineering consulting firms. 

Job Posting: Marshall County Highway Engineer/ Director

Marshall County is seeking to fill its County Highway Engineer position. Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to: supervising, scheduling, budgeting, establishing annual road program, and determining priority roads that need improvement. 

The Marshall County Commissioners will be accepting applications until 4:00 pm on Monday, December 18th, 2017. 

APEX Health Benefits Tip

Can a morning ritual really make you more productive, successful and happier? Researcher, and best-selling author, Shawn Achor thinks so! In his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn reveals that our brains are hardwired to perform their best when they are in a positive mindset. Below are three simple, yet effective strategies to enhance both your personal and professional life.

  • Start your day in the right mindset - Before you check work emails or head into the office, try exercising, meditation, eating a nutrient-rich breakfast or playing with your kids. Taking the opportunity to control what you can will help manage your mood and big-picture perspective.
     
  • Pursue a passion daily - Whether you are passionate about people, purpose, or a past-time, find a way to incorporate it into your schedule. The most joyful people always have an optimistic anticipation or something to look forward to build into their week.
     
  • Throw gratitude around like it's confetti - In the fast-paced world that we live in today, appreciation has become the exception, not the norm. Saying "thank you" with a smile on your face or sending a "job well done" email provides as much joy to the sender, as it does to the recipient. 

In Good Health,
 
Apex Wellness Team
 
3755 E. 82nd Street, Suite 100  
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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