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    Get a quick overview of the tax collection process, along with tips for every member of the board.

    Now You Know - Tax Collection and Your Township

    Tax collection is a mandatory function of every township. Yes, collecting property taxes is your treasurer’s duty, but every board member should understand both the collection and administration process. As treasurers around the state gear up to take on this task, we’ll share an overview of the basics, as well as tips for ensuring the whole board understands how to weigh in when it comes to putting that revenue to work!

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, login then click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Cindy Dodge

    MTA Member Information Liaison

    Michigan Townships Association

    MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.

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    Recorded version of MTA's 2022 Regional Summit events, including education on a wide variety of township-focused topics.

    This recorded version of MTA's 2022 Regional Summits offers thought-provoking general sessions—including a legislative update—and classes on timely township topics, all designed to keep you informed and help you better serve your community. Session topics include: 

    • Financial Fundamentals
    • Top Topics for Today's Townships
    • Legislative Lowdown
    • Show Me the Money! What Townships Need to Know About Grants
    • Ins & Outs of Township Ordinances
    • Broadband: The Middle Mile and Your Township
    • Nuances of the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)

    This program includes access to a recorded version of every session listed above, along with all the associated handouts and presentation materials!

    MTA offers a special thanks to our Summit Sponsors:


    Baker Tilly logoConsumers Energy logoDTE logo
    Fahey Schultz logoGreat Lakes LogoHighline logo


    We also appreciate the companies that participated in the Summit Vendor Showcases. Click the links below to visit their websites and learn more.

    Accunet Web Services
    Buckham Thall Seeber Kauffman & Koches
    Boss Engineering
    BS&A Software 
    Burnham & Flower Insurance Group
    Consumers Energy
    DTE Energy
    Fleis & Vandenbrink
    Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes
    Great Lakes Recreation
    Hartleb Agency
                                                                                               

    Highline
    Hi Tech Systems Services
    Meeder Public Funds 
    Merit Network 
    MERS of Michigan 
    Michigan Township Participating Plan 
    Nickel & Saph, Inc. Insurance
    Shumaker Tech Group 
    State Land Bank Authority 
    Tri Media Environmental & Engineering
                                                                                               
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    This one-hour webinar covers updates and changes for the 2022 election, plus reviews each of the different roles in the election process.

    Now You Know - 2022 Elections Update 

    As communities across the state are gearing up for the 2022 election, MTA’s own Cindy Dodge is poised to ensure township clerks are up to the challenge! This one-hour session will review of the differences between the township board, election commission, and election inspectors. You’ll walk away with armed with insights into navigating your township’s next election. From drop boxes to recounts, legal challenges to compensation, we’ll cover all the important details that your election team needs to know, now. 

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, login then click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

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    This five-part series offers perspectives on fire fighter training, recruitment & retention, situational awareness and de-escalation techniques, as well as signs of PTSD and ways to help your emergency services team manage cumulative stress and take care of one another.

    Providing emergency and fire protection services for your community may be one of the more complicated (and critical!) services your township provides. MTA can help you get a handle on the hot issues facing your fire department and emergency services personnel. Township board members and fire officials alike will benefit from this multi-part program, designed to offer both an update and a better understanding of current challenges. 

    You’ll hear from a variety of experts—including State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer—on hot topics like the new Fire Fighter Training Council General Rules which include required continuing education training for all fire department members, insights into recruitment and retention and more! Experts in situational awareness will review indicators that will help you identify violent behavior, offer de-escalation techniques and prepare you to react appropriately to minimize the devastation in your community. 

    Then we’ll bring it home by examining the toll trauma has on department members’ well-being and what townships can do about it. Exposure to adrenaline and trauma can negatively affect a responder’s safety, decision-making and ability to remain ethically solid. Learn to recognize the warning signs for chronic and posttraumatic stress and take away techniques for managing the cumulative stress. We’ll also explore wellness strategies like peer support teams and other methods of support you can provide to help rescue your rescuers!

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    This one-hour webinar reviews the roles and responsibilities of the zoning administrator in township governance.

    Now You Know - The Role of the Zoning Administrator

    Your township’s zoning administrator is responsible for the overall administration of your zoning ordinance. But what exactly does that include and where do they fit into your township’s planning and zoning team? What’s the difference between their role and that of a planning commission or zoning board of appeals? Is it true they have less discretion and can incur serious personal liability? Get the answers to these questions and more in this one-hour webinar, led by MTA legal counsel from Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, login then click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Seth Koches

    Attorney

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    Seth Koches is an attorney at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Seth worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for 7 years in the Oakland County and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting cases from simple retail fraud to criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. Seth’s primary practice encompasses nearly every aspect of municipal law including annexation, ordinance enforcement, planning and zoning, and amicus writing. 

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    Join MTA for an overview of the hottest emerging issues in planning and zoning for townships.

    Examine hot topics in township planning and zoning

    Join MTA for a how-to guide and real-life practical experiences about the latest in Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. This half-day program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators.

    Dig into hot-button land use and zoning issues that are becoming a key topic of conversation in townships across the state. Short-term rental regulations in residential neighborhoods and zoning provisions for solar energy are just a few of the topics up for discussion. We’ll also review recommendations for how ‘hot potato’ topics and conflict of interest get handled in your township to avoid confusion, contention and ensure everyone knows their part in the process. You won’t want to miss this discussion on matching your townships planning and zoning with the character of your community! Learn what to do when your current approach to restricting an existing use isn’t working and what you can (and can’t!) do to balance property rights with preservation of your neighborhood residential, or agricultural, character. 

    Designed and presented by MTA Legal Counsel from the firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC

    Seth Koches

    Attorney

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    Seth Koches is an attorney at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Seth worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for 7 years in the Oakland County and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting cases from simple retail fraud to criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. Seth’s primary practice encompasses nearly every aspect of municipal law including annexation, ordinance enforcement, planning and zoning, and amicus writing. 

    Catherine P. Kaufman

    Attorney & Partner

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    Catherine P. Kaufman is an attorney and partner at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC. Her practice includes all facets of municipal representation, with a concentration on land use, zoning and planning matters. She has served as advisor to municipal planning commissions and zoning boards of appeal, as well as to private citizen and environmental groups. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, she has also worked as a land use planner and is active in statewide planning organizations. An honors graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, she received a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University.

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    The township board has to set your township’s tax rates every September, and the L-4029 is at the heart of that process. Learn more about these rates and how to complete the required form.

    Now You Know - What You Need to Know about the Tax Rate Request Form (L-4029)

    The township board has to set your township’s tax rates every September, and the L-4029 is at the heart of that process. Learn what the board is actually authorizing and options you have regarding your township’s millage(s). The L-4029 is also a source of information when considering township millage renewals or increases—and other entities’ L-4029s are needed for setting the tax roll and tax bills. Every board member needs to know your L-4029!

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, login then click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She writes for the "Hello, MTA...?" and Legal Briefs columns, and other articles in the Michigan Township Focus, develops MIS Department resource materials and webpages, authors MTA publications, and presents workshop and conference sessions, as well as live and recorded online courses.

    She joined MTA in 1991, spending her first nine years in MTA's Education Department writing and editing articles for the Township Focus and MTA publications. She coordinated educational workshops and the annual MTA trade show, and assisted in coordinating the annual MTA educational conference. 

    She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

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    This series delves into both tried-and-true tips for preparing for an election and new procedures for handling hurdles like cyber attacks, absentee voter ballots, redistricting impacts and more.

    Election Tips & Fundamentals Series

    Townships vary dramatically in size and location, but all have elections in common. Every township runs elections, and each is challenged with doing so safely! While some logistics are tried-and-true, new procedures must be put into place for handling hurdles like cyber-attacks, absentee voter ballots and more. 

    MTA can help! Purchase our Elections Tips and Fundamentals webcast today to learn more about these new challenges, and get tips designed to help you organize and prioritize your elections. This prerecorded webcast series is broken into several watchable segments, allowing you to watch and learn at your own pace (and convenience!) from the safety of your home or office.

    The first segment in the series offers checklists and time management tips, and will even help you troubleshoot those nagging Election Day issues. Examine the absentee voter process, tackle ballot issues and streamline precinct setup. Publications and notices are also be addressed. We take you beyond the legal requirements for conducting elections and explore effective ways to run an election safely.

    Next up, we’ve got what you need to know about election workers. From recruiting to requirements, we hit the highlights. Take away tips on alternates to ensure you have appropriate backup to avoid any unwelcome surprises come Election Day.

    But wait, there’s more! The third segment delves into the impact of redistricting on elections. Review the impact these changes have on your township's precincts, voter registration cards, street index, ballot management and more!

    Finally, we'll get an update from the Department of Elections on security. Learn how Michigan is securing the polls and managing misinformation as we prepare for the general election.

    Cindy Dodge

    MTA Member Information Liaison

    Michigan Townships Association

    MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.

    Lori Bourbonais

    Manager, Election Liaison Section, Michigan Dept. of State

    Jonathan Brater

    Director, Michigan Bureau of Elections

    Sally Marsh

    Director of Special Projects in the Executive Office, Michigan Dept. of State

    Sarah Reinhardt

    Analyst, Special Projects, Michigan Dept. of State

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    Get an overview of options every township should consider in their approach to effective enforcement.

    Now You Know - Successful Ordinance Enforcement Strategies

    There is no "one-size fits all" approach when it comes to township ordinances and the best ways to enforce them. Get an overview of options every township should consider in their approach to effective enforcement. From forms to checklists and warnings to penalties, we’ll review what you need to know about documenting and pursuing violations to your township’s ordinances. This one-hour webinar is led by attorney Seth Koches from Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, login then click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Seth Koches

    Attorney

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    Seth Koches is an attorney at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Seth worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for 7 years in the Oakland County and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting cases from simple retail fraud to criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. Seth’s primary practice encompasses nearly every aspect of municipal law including annexation, ordinance enforcement, planning and zoning, and amicus writing. 

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    Get clarification on the differences in various township meetings, plus tips for handling common issues.

    Township board meetings, annual meetings, special meetings, public hearings, workshop meetings, joint meetings...should we continue? Are you confused by the variety of meetings your township board is involved in? Get clarification on the differences and learn helpful tips and suggestions for managing public comment, handling complaints and other board etiquette issues.

    Presenter: Michael Homier, Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC