Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
December 15, 2017 | | NACO E-Line Archive
NACO Annual Conference
Earl McNutt, Red Willow County Commissioner was elected President of NACO during the 123rd annual conference in Kearney this week. McNutt has been a Red Willow County Commissioner since 1999. County Officials also elected Deb Schorr, Lancaster County Commissioner as 1st Vice-President, Theresa Puls, Phelps County Commissioner as 2nd Vice-President and M. Timothy Nolting, Kimball County Commissioner as Secretary-Treasurer. McNutt will assume the duties of President from William Tielke, Holt County Commissioner who will serve on the NACO Executive Board as Past President. Pictured from left to right are William Tielke, Earl McNutt, Deb Schorr, Theresa Puls and Tim Nolting.
County Official of the Year Named
Brown County Clerk, Travis Hobbs was honored by the Nebraska Association of County Officials as the County Official of the Year during the 123rd Annual Conference Awards Ceremony this week in Kearney. Hobbs has served as the Brown County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Election Commissioner, and Clerk of District Court in her elected capacity since 2017. Hobbs is pictured receiving her award from 2017 NACO President, William Tielke.
2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)
Recently, county board chairs received an invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA), as mandated by the Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-430).   

While LUCA is a voluntary program, your county is strongly encouraged to consider registering by the deadline of December 15, 2017 to participate .

To take a look at the reasons your county should register, click here .

 Jason Dean from the Census Bureau will be conducting a Local Update of Census Addresses training in Lincoln, Nebraska January 12, 2018. This is a "how to" workshop covering pre-LUCA preparation (Geocoder/Address Count List/User List), LUCA Review (paper/digital/GUPS), LUCA submissions (mail/change file/SWIM) and the LUCA feedback phase. Click here to view the training flyer.
Minimum Salary Recommendations Available
2019-2022 Minimum Salary Recommendations Report and Supplemental Information is Now Available

After completing its work, the 2017 Salary Committee forwarded its recommendations for 2019-2022 county elected officials’ salaries to the NACO Board. Following approval of the report by the NACO Board, NACO President William Tielke presented an overview of the report and its contents at the October Legislative Conference at Wildcat Hills. The next day copies of the report and supplemental information was electronically forward to each county board chair and each county clerk. The supplemental information includes: 2017/anticipated 2018 salaries of all elected officials, deputies, appointed officials, jail administrators and benefit information.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the referenced 2019 – 2022 Minimum Salary Recommendations report and supplemental information, please contact Elaine Menzel at .
2018 Office of Violence Prevention Grants
The Nebraska Crime Commission has announced the availability of a 2018 Office of Violence prevention Grant [OVP]. The Application Instructions outline general guidelines, eligibility, and funding requirements. This information can also be found on the Crime Commission website .


Attached you will find the Application Kit Instructions and the Application . You are encouraged to participate and distribute and post this announcement. Please contact Chris Harris, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention at the Nebraska Crime Commission, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4946 by email or call at 402-471-3813 (office) or 402-416-4129 (cell) or fax at 402-471-2837 with any questions.
Legal Line
Wasteland Valuation Case
Due to the property owner’s designation of property as “special value”, two parcels of wasteland were valued at 75 percent of their value for agricultural and horticultural uses, according to a Nebraska Supreme Court decision handed down on November 3, 2017.

To read the entire Supreme Court case review by NACO Legal Counsel, Beth Ferrell, please click here .

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.
2017-2018 Directory of County Officials
NACO's 2017-2018 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.

The NACO Directory is also still available in electronic format by selecting the "Directory of County Officials" icon on the NACO webpage. The electronic version is updated on a regular basis and contains the changes that occur between printings of the hard copies.

A printed directory is available for $19.00 if non-taxable and $20.00 if taxable.

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 .

The 2017 County Board Handbooks and Supplements will be available for pickup at the annual conference in December. You can save the shipping charges mentioned above if you fill out the form and email it to Deb Eberly .

If you are interested in purchasing a complete handbook or a supplement please contact Deb Eberly or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
News from NACo
I n Case You Missed It: NACo Counties Futures Lab Released Major Reports on Top County Issues

In case you missed it, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Counties Futures Lab released major reports this past year focusing on top county issues, promoting best practices for local governments and positioning America's county leaders for success. Among these reports are: Counties Care: County Service Sharing for Early Childhood Development and The Future of Work: The Rise of the Gig Economy
NACo Webinars
County Roles and Opportunities in Advancing Safety and Justice Through Collaboration
Jan. 25, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CDT
Contact: Kathy Rowings
(202) 942-4279

Counties are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to advance safety and justice, as they run 91 percent of all jails with nearly 11 million people admitted every year. Join NACo for a three-part webinar series that will focus on key areas of local criminal justice systems that most affect counties and offer strategies counties can employ to address these issues, make their justice systems work more effectively and efficiently, and ultimately lead to safer and healthier communities. This webinar will highlight ways counties can develop and enhance collaboration and improve information sharing within the justice system, with other systems and between community-based service providers to enhance public safety and improve individual and community outcomes.
January 26, 2018
NACO's Legislative Review Day
NACO Office
1335 H Street
Lincoln, NE
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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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