Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
NACO Annual Conference Hotel Room Reservation Date Set
The 2018 NACO Annual Conference will be held in Kearney at the Younes Convention Center. The conference dates are December 12 through 14.

Rooms have been contracted at the LaQuinta Inn, the Hampton Inn, the Holiday Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, the Comfort Inn, the Candlewood Suites and the Fairfield Inn for $109.95 per night for single and double rooms and suites are contracted for $129.95 per night.

Hotel rooms will be available for booking on and after Monday, June 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. CDT.

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 12, 2018. Any reservation being held under the county name after this date will be cancelled. Any reservations made at non-headquarter hotels listed below are not contracted to the specific rate mentioned above. 
LaQuinta Inn: (308) 237-4400
Hampton Inn: (308) 234-3400
Fairfield Inn: (308) 236-4200
Comfort Inn: (308) 236-3400
Holiday Inn:  (308) 237-5971
Candlewood Suites: (308) 234-1100 
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
Register For Summer Workshops
The next three months contain six summer workshops designed for county officials. Please check to see what training would benefit you in your official capacity and register before the registration fees increase a week or so before the workshop.

Click here to review workshop agendas and registration procedures. They are also listed at the bottom of this newsletter.
The NACO Board’s Transition Committee has held numerous meetings and conference calls over the past 2 months in the search for the NACO Deputy Director. 48 applications were received and reviewed by Zelle Resource Solutions , the search firm selected to assist in the hiring process.
Of those 48 applications, Zelle conducted personal interviews with 13 individuals to determine the skill set of each of the applicants. After receiving an update on those individuals, the NACO Transition Committee is preparing to conduct personal interviews with a small number of finalists over the next few weeks.
As the timeline for this process continues, the NACO Transition Committee and the NACO Board will meet to make a final determination to select the new NACO Deputy Director.
Legal Line
Supreme Court Considers Appeal from TERC
Regarding Valuation of Grassland Properties
In Betty L. Green Living Trust v. Morrill County Board of Equalization , 299 Neb. 933, --- N.W. ---(2018), the appeal involved the valuations of certain grassland properties owned by the Trusts. The Trusts appealed from a 2017 order of the Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) which affirmed the valuations that had been established by the county assessor and were approved by the County Board of Equalization (the Board).  The Supreme Court affirmed TERC’s order.

To review how the Supreme Court came to its conclusion, click here .

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 .

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
The National Association of Counties (NACo) hopes you will participate in their Annual Conference & Exposition in Nashville/Davidson County, Tenn. July 13–16.

The NACo Annual Conference & Exposition is the only meeting that draws a cross section of elected officials and county staff from across the country. Attendees from rural and urban counties, large and small budgets and staff – all come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, learn, network and share best practices all aimed to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.
NACo Webinars
Stepping Up Four Key Measures #1: Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses Booked into Jails
Jun. 7, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CDT
Contact: Nastassia Walsh
(202) 942-4289

Part of the Stepping Up framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of “Four Key Measures” for people with mental illnesses: jail bookings, jail length of stay, connections to treatment and recidivism. The next series of Stepping Up webinars will focus on providing counties with the tools they need to collect accurate data on each of these measures and use this data to inform policy and practice decisions to impact them. Join Stepping Up for the first webinar in the Four Key Measures series, which will provide an overview of each of the measures, describe strategies for reducing the number of people with mental illnesses who are booked into jails and outline key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success.
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
Treasurers Workshop
June 12 - 14, 2018
Niobrara Lodge, Valentine
Assessors Workshop
August 19 - 23, 2018
Ramada Midtown Conference Center
Grand Island
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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