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    Hear from a certified assessor about proactive steps you can take to ensure your township's assessing functions are running smoothly.

    Now You Know - Assessing Your Township's Assessing

    Assessment administration is one of three mandated functions that townships are required to perform. We know that not everyone “speaks assessing” but it’s critical that your board knows what to ask and what to look for. This one-hour webinar, led by MTA’s own Cindy Dodge—a certified assessor—will identify steps you can take to ensure your assessing functions are running smoothly. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the board’s role in assessing oversight, including what happens if your township doesn’t measure up.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, 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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    This three-part series covers an overview of the basic elements of an effective township planning and zoning program.

    Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions. MTA can help!

    This three-part on-demand webinar will cover an overview of the basic elements of an effective planning and zoning program. We’ll review the sources of township planning and zoning authority, the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, and the role of the township board. In addition, we’ll discuss the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making. 

    Presented by MTA Legal Counsel Catherine Kaufman, who brings her unique experience as both a planner and an attorney with the firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC, this workshop offers real-life, practical application.

    Catherine P. Kaufman

    Attorney & Partner

    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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    Take the next step in our three-part ordinance series and learn more about adopting and amending ordinances.

    Now You Know - Adopting Ordinances

    Are your ordinances tailored to your township’s needs and vision? Ordinances can be used to protect residents and retain the character of your community. Join MTA legal counsel for a review of proper ordinance adoption and amendment procedures. Recorded May 18, 2022.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, 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 P.C.

    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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    Gain insights into the political landscape for 2022 and learn how the priorities of the legislature could impact your township.

    Now You Know - Legislative Update

    Gain insights into the political landscape for 2022 and learn how the priorities of the legislature could impact your township. From the state’s budget (including the latest on revenue sharing) to policy changes to new legislative districts and the upcoming elections to federal relief funds, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from MTA’s Government Relations Team--Judy Allen, Mike Batterbee and Sean Hammond--on what’s happening inside the capitol and how all impact your community. Recorded April 8, 2022.

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

    Judy Allen

    Director of Government Relations

    MTA

    As director, Judy oversees MTA’s legislative efforts to advocate on legislation impacting township government. She represents the interests of MTA members before the Legislature and the administration.  

    Judy began working for MTA in 2012 and has previous experience working with state and local governments. Prior to coming to MTA, Judy served as Director of Government and Community Services of Oakland Schools, where she advocated on behalf of 28 districts in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Judy has also served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader and was later appointed by then Gov. John Engler to serve as Chairperson of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission.

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    Get an overview of statutory authority for both zoning and non-zoning ordinances, as well as expert tips for drafting effective ordinances.

    Now You Know - Drafting Effective Ordinances

    Are your ordinances tailored to your township’s needs and vision? Ordinances can be used to protect residents and retain the character of your community. Join MTA legal counsel for an overview of statutory authority for both zoning and non-zoning ordinances, and get tips for drafting effective ordinances.

    This is part one of our new three-part series! Part two, held May 18 will review proper adoption procedures and part three, held July 13, features successful enforcement strategies. Why three parts? Because properly written and enforced ordinances not only boost your credibility, they limit public complaints and assist with fair and effective enforcement. One important topic in three bite-sized pieces. Register for parts 2 and 3 online at https://www.michigantownships.org/now_you_know.asp.

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

    Roxanne Seeber

    Attorney

    Roxanne C. Seeber is an attorney at the Kalamazoo law firm of Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber and Kaufman, PC. Her practice focuses on ordinance drafting and enforcement, zoning and land use issues. Roxanne prosecutes ordinance enforcement and unsafe buildings cases in Allegan, St. Joseph, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren and Calhoun County District and Circuit Courts. She routinely provides advice to zoning administrators, ordinance enforcement officers and other township officials. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the University of Toledo College of Law.   

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Get the education your Board of Review members need, in a convenient online format. If you are seeking to fulfill the STC training mandate by attending an online class, please note that the on-demand (recorded) version of this class does NOT qualify.

    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.

    Debby Ring

    MMAO

    Deborah Ring is an experienced assessor with more than 40 years of experience in the field. She served as the Assessor for the City of Kentwood for many years, is a past President of the Michigan Assessor's Association, and is a frequent presenter for MTA.

    Shila Kiander, MAAO

    Director, Mecosta County Equalization Department.

    Shila Kiander is a Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer with more than 20 years’ experience in the assessment administration field. She’s served as the Equalization Director for Mecosta County since 2007, and before that was the assessor for three units in northern Kent County. She also teaches assessor continuing education courses around the state, including the MTA Board of Review Training sessions and other courses for MTA.

    Welcome to MTA's 2022 Virtual Board of Review Training! 
    • To view a recorded version of the 2022 virtual training, click on the ON-DEMAND SESSIONS tab. 
    • For info about your presenters, visit the SPEAKERS tab.
    • The presentation and other materials can be downloaded from the HANDOUTS tab.
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    This quick and informative session offers tips on how to find (and select!) the best attorney for your township team.

    Now You Know - Why You Need a Township Attorney

    Townships operate in a world of laws. Having an attorney to turn to can help you identify red flags and nip potential legal trouble in the bud. But the challenge is finding the right attorney! One that specializes in the type of law your township needs AND understands your community priorities and challenges. This one-hour recorded webinar reviews of the nuances of a township’s relationship with its legal counsel. You'll walk away with tips on how to find (and select!) the best fit for your township team.

    **Premium Pass members: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, 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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    Get a quick, one-hour update on all aspects of managing your township meetings.

    Now You Know - Meeting Management: What to do When Things Change

    Townships across the state are planning their 2022 meeting schedule, but we’ve all heard the saying about ‘the best laid plans.’ Listen in as we go beyond simply setting the schedule with a review of how to change your public meetings schedule, including the noticing requirements, who can participate virtually in meetings now and more!

    **Premium Pass members: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, 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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    Get a quick, one-hour update on what's happening in Lansing and what to expect for 2022.

    2021 Legislative Wrap-up

    This webinar provides a quick look into today’s political landscape and details on hot issues affecting your township—including the appropriation of the state’s $6 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding and MTA’s efforts as part of a statewide coalition to leverage the funds for our communities. Hear the latest on recent legislative action, get an end-of-the-year wrap up and discover what's on deck for 2022. 

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

    Judy Allen

    Director of Government Relations

    MTA

    As director, Judy oversees MTA’s legislative efforts to advocate on legislation impacting township government. She represents the interests of MTA members before the Legislature and the administration.  

    Judy began working for MTA in 2012 and has previous experience working with state and local governments. Prior to coming to MTA, Judy served as Director of Government and Community Services of Oakland Schools, where she advocated on behalf of 28 districts in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Judy has also served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader and was later appointed by then Gov. John Engler to serve as Chairperson of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission.

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    Get a quick one-hour review of tax collection basics, designed with the whole board in mind.

    What the Board Needs to Know about Tax Collection

    Tax collection is a mandatory function of every township. While collecting property taxes is the treasurer’s duty, the entire board makes decisions about how the revenue will be used. Every board member should understand the tax collection (and administration) process. Whether you are a seasoned official or still fairly new to the game, you can’t afford to miss this overview of tax collection basics designed with the whole board in mind.

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