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  • Accounting & Payroll (4-part series)

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This four-part webcast series provides you with a comprehensive review of accounting and payroll for townships.

    Presented at an introductory level, this is a great class for those with limited experience in governmental accounting, or as a refresher for more experienced officials. 

    In Parts 1 & 2 we'll cover basic accounting methods and includes discussion on common township credits, debits, assets and liabilities. An explanation of accounting methods for various township funds will follow. Delve into the Uniform Chart of Accounts and options for organizing it, as well as new activity. The general ledger and bookkeeping functions of the clerk and treasurer will also be addressed, along with efficient procedures for issuing checks and reconciling balances. 

    In Parts 3 & 4, review the information and forms required to prepare for an audit and complete required State of Michigan financial reports. An explanation of payroll record- keeping will be presented, including issues unique to municipalities, such as how to calculate Social Security and Medicare taxes, and how to prepare state and federal report forms. 

    David Williamson

    CPA

    David Williamson is a CPA, and recently retired from his firm of 37 years, PSLZ LLP, in Plymouth and Bloomfield Hills Michigan. During Dave's career in public accounting he spent 40 years auditing municipalities including townships, cities, villages, district courts, and district libraries.  The townships audited under Dave's supervision included larger urban townships, and small bi-annual townships.

    Dave has written the “Financial Forum” column in the Michigan Township News magazine since 1997, and he has been helping the MTA with workshops, since 1993. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Michigan and has been in public accounting since he began his career in 1979.

  • B-101: Board Roles & Relations (3-part series; valid for 4 credits)

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This three-part webcast examines your role as a board member, and how each role fits into the board as a whole.

    This three-part webcast examines your role as a board member, and how each role fits into the board as a whole. Learn more about the roles of watchdog, supporter, planner, communicator and manager, as well as the relationships among board members, appointed and elected officials, and the board with the community. We'll also identify the fundamentals of leadership and the ethical standards specific to public servants.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

  • B-102: How Boards Make Decisions (2-part series; valid for 4 credits)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Two-part course on using “knowledge-based” governance to help your board make informed choices with improved outcomes. Valid for 4 TGA credits.

    Maximize the effectiveness of group decisions and learn how “knowledge-based” governance will guide your board to make informed choices with improved outcomes (and less headaches)! This course challenges “old ways of thinking” and gives a refreshing look at the decision-making process that will meld various viewpoints into a consensus decision that everyone is more likely to support.

    This course is divided into two webcasts segments. To receive TGA credit, candidates must view both webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.

    Thank you to Municipal Employees' Retirement System for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For cost saving solutions, click here.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

  • B-104: Utilizing Strategic Planning (2-part series; valid for 4 credits)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    A two-part webcast of our popular Township Governance Academy class, offering an in-depth look into the strategic planning process for townships, from exploration and the voices that must be heard through developing the plan itself.

    Strategic planning is critical to achieving real results in your township and the larger region in which you live. Yet the creation of a strategic plan may be a delicate matter in a politically-charged environment, especially when dealing with entities outside of your jurisdiction but which can positively or negatively impact your community. Discover what strategic exploration entails as well as all the voices that must be heard in the planning process in order to develop a solid plan that aligns the township’s resources and creates favorable outcome. 

    This webcast includes two segments (part 1 and part 2), which can be viewed separately for your convenience. TGA candidates must view both segments and complete a PAC form as well as the course quiz (after part 2) to receive credit.

    Susan Radwan

    CAE

    Susan Radwan, CAE, Leading Edge Mentoring, Grand Ledge

    Susan is a governance and leadership consultant who focuses on facilitating an authentic leadership process, resulting in accountability in leadership and governance. She is a regular presenter at MTA functions and served as the primary consultant for the development of the Township Governance Academy.

  • B-105: Making Meetings Work (2-part series; valid for 4 credits)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This two-part series on effective meetings will help you structure your meetings to achieve more in less time, with better consensus around the board table. Valid for 4 TGA credits.

    Structure your meetings to achieve more in less time! Explore how your board might define its “rules of engagement” so that the meetings will be orderly and productive. Learn how to deal with differences around the board table while staying focused on results. Conflict resolution techniques are also incorporated as part of the training.

    This course is divided into two webcasts segments. To receive TGA credit, candidates must view both webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.

    Susan Radwan

    CAE

    Susan Radwan, CAE, Leading Edge Mentoring, Grand Ledge

    Susan is a governance and leadership consultant who focuses on facilitating an authentic leadership process, resulting in accountability in leadership and governance. She is a regular presenter at MTA functions and served as the primary consultant for the development of the Township Governance Academy.

  • Board of Review Training: Advanced Session

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webcast offers advanced training for Board of Review members, supervisors and assessors on changes and updates in the last year.

    This webcast offers advanced training for Board of Review members, supervisors and assessors on "what's new and in review" for 2017. Topics covered include: 

    • ~2017 procedural changes and bulletin review
    • ~Reading, asking, deliberating and deciding appeals
    • ~Understanding ECFs and county multipliers
    • ~Sales/appraisal studies and how they affect the assessment

    Shila Kiander

    MAAO, Equalization Director for Mecosta County

    Shila Kiander works for Mecosta County Equalization where she was appointed as the Equalization Director in 2007. She holds a Michigan Advanced Assessor Certification with the State Tax Commission and has worked in the assessment administration field for over 20 years. Before joining Mecosta County, she served as the assessor for three units in Northern Kent County. She also teaches assessor continuing education courses around the state, and has been a featured presenter for several MTA workshops.




  • Board of Review Training: The Basics

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This session will acquaint newer Board of Review members with their statutory duties and requirements.

    This session will acquaint newer Board of Review members with their statutory duties and requirements. Topics covered include:

    • Review of the assessment process
    • Overview of the Board of review's statutory authority
    • Responsibilities of the assessor and township supervisor
    • Understanding exemptions, what can be appealed and the documents used to review appeals
    • How to listen to, and act on, protests
    • What's new this year (recorded in 2017)

    Cindy Dodge

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist 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.

    Barbara VanGelderen

    Supervisor & Assessor

    Barbara VanGelderen has been Manlius Township Supervisor since 1988. She is a Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (Level 3) and also works as contract Assessor in Manlius Township.

    Barbara is an instructor in MTA's Township Governance Academy and frequent MTA presenter. She has taught both the basic and advanced sessions of MTA's Board of Review Training.

  • Building a Better Budget - Advanced (4-part series)

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This four-part webcast on building a better budget will show you how to prepare and administer the township budget. Segments one and two cover the principles of budgeting, then segments three and four offer an advanced approach to creating a budget.

    This four-part webcast on the basics of budgeting will show you how to prepare and administer the township budget. Segments one and two cover the principles of budgeting, then segments three and four offer am advanced approach to creating a budget. (For a beginners guide to creating a budget, see Building a Better Budget -- Basics.) Learn about the policy choices facing boards when they adopt a budget, characteristics of a great budget process and final document, estimating revenues and expenditures, scrutinizing and adopting a budget, and monitoring budget compliance.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    Michael Selden

    Director of Member Information Services

    Michael Selden is MTA's director of Member Information Services. As director, he supervises the development and delivery of Association member information programs and services.

    Before joining MTA in November 2015, Selden served as the city manager of Wayland, Mich., for three years. In that role, he prepared and managed the city budget, supervised 22 employees, oversaw multiple city departments and served as liaison to numerous boards and commissions. Selden also served as the city manager of Bangor, Mich., from 2007-2012. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan—Flint, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

  • Building a Better Budget - Basic (4-part series)

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This four-part webcast on the basics of budgeting will show you how to prepare and administer the township budget. Segments one and two cover the principles of budgeting, then segments three and four offer a beginners guide to creating a budget.

    This four-part webcast on the basics of budgeting will show you how to prepare and administer the township budget. Segments one and two cover the principles of budgeting, then segments three and four offer a beginners guide to creating a budget. (For a more advanced approach to creating a budget, see Building a Better Budget -- Advanced.) Learn about the policy choices facing boards when they adopt a budget, characteristics of a great budget process and final document, estimating revenues and expenditures, scrutinizing and adopting a budget, and monitoring budget compliance.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Former Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry spent many years executing the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He was responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association, where he has served since 1980. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department.  Larry holds a master's degree in public administration, is the author of numerous books and articles on local government finances, administration and services and is a a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    Michael Selden

    Director of Member Information Services

    Michael Selden is MTA's director of Member Information Services. As director, he supervises the development and delivery of Association member information programs and services.

    Before joining MTA in November 2015, Selden served as the city manager of Wayland, Mich., for three years. In that role, he prepared and managed the city budget, supervised 22 employees, oversaw multiple city departments and served as liaison to numerous boards and commissions. Selden also served as the city manager of Bangor, Mich., from 2007-2012. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan—Flint, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

  • Cemetery Management (3-part series)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This package contains all three segments of our Cemetery Management course. First, get an update on what's new and changing in cemetery management. In Part 2, learn more about writing a cemetery ordinance that promotes safety and orderliness, while also protecting the township from liability. Then, explore new types of burial services as well as proper record-keeping procedures. Watch all three segments by the end of the month, and take part in a live Q&A session with the speaker on June 30! More details will be sent to registrants in mid-June.

    This three-part series covers many of the top concerns related to township cemeteries. Part 1 kicks off with recent changes, what's new, and trends for the future. Part 2 explains why, without a cemetery ordinance, rules and regulations do not have the force of law and anyone who violates such rules or regulations cannot be prosecuted or subject to a municipal civil infraction enforcement proceeding. Learn how to develop a cemetery ordinance to promote orderliness, proper conduct, certainty, predictability, smooth procedures and minimize township liability with regard to township cemeteries. Part 3 explores all the new types of burial services and memorialization options available in the current market and how your cemetery ordinance may need to be updated to regulate these new options. Learn how to identify grave sites, ensure proper record keeping and reclaim older or abandoned burial spaces.

    Watch all three segments by the end of the month, and take part in a live Q&A session with the speaker on June 30! More details will be sent to registrants in mid-June.

    Cindy Dodge (Moderator)

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist 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.

    Continue the learning

    From a review of statutes that govern township authority over cemeteries, to the financial aspects of this valuable service, Township Cemetery Management, revised in 2018, serves as a guide to assist local units of government carry out this important function. From the content and procedures for adopting a township cemetery ordinance, to the role of the cemetery sexton, this publication will help township officials and employees explore the inner workings of township cemetery management. Numerous sample documents and detailed information can also be found in the appendices and on the included CD.

    Township Cemetery Management: $38.50* member ($56* non-member)

    *rates do not include shipping.

    How To Order? 
    Online: Order online at MTA’s new bookstore.  
    Fax: Print the downloadable order form and fax to (517) 321-8908.  
    Mail: Print the downloadable order form and mail to Michigan Townships Association, P.O. Box 80078, Lansing, MI, 48908-0078.