New Officials Training Webcasts

Thinking of running for office? Changing roles in your township? MTA has the training you need

When new officials come in to office—or assume a new role on the township board—following the November election, we know there is so much to learn—from participating on an elected board, to all those statutory duties, and just getting acclimated to township government.

It’s a lot. And it’s OK. Because MTA is here to help.

Once new officials join your township this November, let them know where to turn for guidance, training and information: the Michigan Townships Association. In fact, you can even give them a head start by ensuring they are aware of MTA resources and how we can help. Here’s a bit of what we have in store to help your township transition into the new term without a hitch, continuing to serve your residents and community as efficiently and positively as possible.

Coming up in November and December—especially for new treasurers and their deputies

Treasurers’ Guide to Tax Collecting

MTA’s valued Treasurers’ Guide to Tax Collection webinar—taught by Member Information Services Liaison Cindy Dodge—offers an overview of the tax collection process from start to finish. Get your questions answered during this LIVE event, which highlights everything from preparation of the tax bill through summer and winter taxes, all the way to accounting for (and disbursement of) collections. Participants will take away tips on duties, deadlines and important dates on the tax calendar. We’ll even tackle some of the more challenging aspects, including summer tax deferments, delinquent personal property tax collection methods and settlement. This is also a great educational opportunity for those seasoned treasurers looking for a refresher, or deputies getting up to speed on their duties.

Calling all new officials -- MTA brings the training to you this December and January
New Officials Training

No one understands townships or your roles and responsibilities like MTA. Our unparalleled, in-depth New Officials Training helps those new to township government get up to speed on their roles and responsibilities. This intensive training, geared to ALL elected offices (and deputies!), is designed to introduce those new to the board to what they need to know as they attend their first meetings and take on administrative duties. Our experienced, incomparable Member Information Services team—Michael Selden, Catherine Mullhaupt and Cindy Dodge—will share their municipal expertise, offering accessible information and insights into the “hows and whys” of township government. Breakout sessions are targeted to each office.

Live learning, and reference resources

In addition to our live webinars where new officials can ask questions and get clarifications on their new roles, MTA also offers publication packages PERFECT for those new to township government. Our “Township Basics” package includes township-specific books that provide a precise, targeted overview of each office: the 2020 editions of the perfect companion pieces, Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Townships and Official’s Guide to Township Government (specify which office you wish to receive), as well our handy Introduction Township Board Meetings.

Take it one step further with our “Township Essentials” book package, which rounds out any new officials’ library, with all of the books including in the “Basics” kit, PLUS The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning, Policy Matters! Using Board and Administrative Policies to Govern Your Township, Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act, and Building a Better Budget!

Let MTA help you get started on the right path to becoming an effective local leader in your community.  Learn more at, or call (517) 321-6467.