Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
April 20, 2018 | www.nacone.org | NACO E-Line Archive
Deputy Director Position To Be Filled
NACO is in the initial phase of fulfilling the transition plan approved by the NACO Board of Directors earlier this year. Zelle Resource Solutions has been contracted to search for a Deputy Director who will be hired and will move into the Executive Director role within 2-3 years as determined by NACO's Executive Committee.

If you or someone from your community may be interested in this Deputy Director position, please read this job description in its entirety and follow the enclosed directions.
MIPS and TVI Partnership Formed
MIPS Inc is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Tax Valuation Inc.
  
A partnership contract has been signed with Tax Valuation Inc (TVI) for appraiser services for all Nebraska counties. 
 
MIPS and TVI will be working to provide ways for counties to obtain appraisal expertise for all areas of mass appraisal. As with all MIPS products, the impetus behind this partnership is to bring more efficiency to counties in this time of budget constraints. TVI and MIPS will be working on solutions that will assist in all facets of the tax valuation process.
 
By working together, the staffs of TVI and MIPS will be creating options for all 93 counties that have never existed before. We believe this partnership will evolve into a model that will save counties time and money for their mass appraisal needs.
 
Many ideas have already been discussed on how to help all 93 counties with the mass appraisal and tax valuation process. Many more will be rolled out in the future.
 
This partnership takes effect immediately and will provide Nebraska counties an opportunity to obtain needed appraisal expertise. MIPS Inc and Tax Valuation Inc are Nebraska corporations.
Government Ethics Training Open to
County Officials
The Nebraska Bar Association has asked to share this seminar information with individuals who may be interested in the topics related to employment issues. This seminar is being presented by the Government and Administrative Practice Section of the Nebraska Bar Association.
 
This seminar is open to attorneys who can register at the link contained within. The seminar will be held Friday, June 1 at the University of Nebraska, College of Law, 1875 North 42nd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
Additionally, the seminar is open to non-attorney county officials, too—anyone who can use the information. The labor/employment presentations in the morning should be of broad interest. Non-lawyer registration is $87 for the day. The morning focus on labor and employment issues will be of most interest to non-lawyers. A non-lawyer can’t register online; he or she will need to call the number listed on the seminar agenda or fill out the paper registration and just note they’re sending a non-lawyer registration. See the contact information for Amy Prenda.
National County Government Month
Celebrate National County Government Month

In honor of April as National County Government Month (NCGM), the National Association of Counties (NACo) is proud to present " My County Works ," a county government activity book for children.

"My County Works" is the latest addition to a suite of civic education resources produced by NACo and iCivics to help young people learn about county government. These materials, aligned with state standards and available free of charge, also include:
  • "Counties Work," an educational, online game where students simulate the role of county leaders balancing community needs and the budget, designed for grades 6 through 12 and available on desktops and tablets
  • "County Solutions," a classroom curriculum that provides the basics of county government and encourages local civic engagement, available for middle school and high school instruction
You can access these resources at www.naco.org/iCivics . We encourage you to share these resources with young people and educators in your county. And, if you haven't already, there is still time to join us in celebrating April as National County Government Month (NCGM ) .
 
This year's NCGM theme is "Serving the Underserved," which is consistent with NACo President Roy Charles Brooks' initiative . The theme encourages counties, parishes and boroughs to feature programs and services that are making a difference in families' lives and helping to break multi-generational cycles of poverty.
 
Visit www.naco.org/NCGM to access resources to help you share your efforts with the public, including graphics and a toolkit with media outreach tips, a sample proclamation and a news release.
 
NACo wants to know about the activities you have planned so we can share this information with other counties. Please email your activities to Fred Wong at fwong@naco.org . Send us media coverage, proclamations, photos and videos of your county's celebrations.
 
If your county is on social media, please share your activities on NACo's Facebook Page and include us on Twitter at @NACoTweets . Join the conversation by using the hashtag #NCGM .
Grants Training Available
Omaha Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Omaha, May 17-18, 2018. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

To read more about the training and available discounts, click here .
Legal Line
Supreme Court Considers Appeal Related to Sovereign Immunity Claims
 
In E.D. v. Bellevue Pub. Sch. Dist ., 299 Neb. 621, --- N.W.2d --- (2018), a student brought suit against a school district and teacher under the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act (PSTCA). The Supreme Court considered an appeal and cross-appeal from an order overruling claims of sovereign immunity in separate motions to dismiss. The Court found because an appeal from the order at issue is not statutorily authorized, it dismissed the appeal and cross-appeal. 

This article outlines the case.

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This article has been prepared by Elaine Menzel 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.
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 larrydix@nacone.org .

The CD order form is available here .
2017 County Board Handbook and Revisions
Newly Revised -- 2017 County Board Handbook and Related Revisions are Now Available

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2017 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2017 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 or by clicking here .

If you are interested in purchasing a complete handbook or a supplement please contact Deb Spira or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo
2018 WIR Conference
The NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents. Each year the conference is hosted by a county within the fifteen Western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—and provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions and take home tools to address challenges.
NACo Webinars
Local Efforts Supporting Innovation in Early Childhood Development
May. 1, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Contact: Rashida Brown
(202) 942-4251

The National Association of Counties (NACo) invites you to participate in a webinar highlighting local innovations and best practices in early childhood development. Counties play a critical role in shaping early childhood systems and have been instrumental in investing in core services supporting young children and families. Research tells us that early experiences and environments affect the developing brain of young children in their earliest years of life and have a lasting impact on their success through adulthood, especially in school and life. Learn more about what counties are doing to help improve child and family outcomes and reduce risk factors through innovative and promising approaches and NACo’s early childhood initiative supporting counties in developing robust systems.
County Board Workshop
June 6 - 8, 2018
Holiday Inn, Kearney
Clerks of the District Court Workshop
June 6-7, 2018
Holthus Center, York
Highway Superintendents, Surveyors & Engineers Workshop
June 12 - 14, 2018
The Peppermill, Valentine
Clerks, Register of Deeds & Election Commissioners
June 13 - 15, 2018
The Marriott Cornhusker, Lincoln
Thank you for keeping up to date on the latest NACO News,

Sincerely,

Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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