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  • Now You Know - In the Transition

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    Get an overview of how townships handle resignations, appointments, compensation, the oath of office, required meetings/dates … and so much more!

    Hear MTA’s Member Information Services team share what you need to know about the transition of incoming (and outgoing!) officials between now and the launch of the new township term of office. "In the Transition" will review the “ins and outs” of how townships handle resignations, appointments, compensation, and the oath of office, as well as required meetings and dates. We’ll explain what “the transition” actually is, what’s happening, how you handle “elects,” when those running unopposed can assume duties… and so much more. 

    This webcast is now FREE, for a limited time, for MTA members. Simply add to your cart, then check out and get started today!

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    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Now You Know - What the Board Needs to Know About Elections

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    Get an overview of the elections process for your entire board.

    What the Board Needs to Know About Elections

    Townships may vary dramatically in size and location, but all have elections in common. Every township runs elections. With all the controversy, mistrust and sweeping requirements still fresh in our minds, we look ahead to November’s general election with a primer on elections geared for your entire township board. From board responsibilities to resources, we’ll help you get a handle on the impact elections have on your township.

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    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.

  • Treasurer's Guide to Tax Collection (PP)

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    Get an overview of the entire process as well as a review of 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. Get tips on duties, deadlines and important dates on the tax calendar, all available for viewing at your convenience.

    Whether you are newly elected or a seasoned official seeking a refresher, you won’t want to miss our new Treasurers’ Guide to Tax Collection series, offering an overview of the tax collection process from start to finish. This on-demand webcast 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.

    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.

  • Now You Know - Election Wrap Up

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    An overview of lessons learned from the unprecedented November 2020 election—and its impact on the future of elections.

    Election Wrap-Up: Post-election Insights from the Experts  

    Spend an hour with MTA experts as we review of lessons learned from the unprecedented November 2020 election—and its impact on the future of elections. From drop boxes to recounts, legal challenges to compensation, we’ll offer insights into what your board needs to know, now. We’ll also review precinct audits and biannual reporting for the Election Assistance Commission and National Voter Registration Act, and even provide a refresher on record retention and FOIA requests. 

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  • Now You Know - Lame Duck Edition

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    This one-hour session covers anticipated legislative priorities for during Michigan's other 'duck season'.

    MTA Now You Know: Michigan's Other Duck Season

    Listen in as MTA’s Judy Allen takes us on an hour-long dive into the lame duck session, including anticipated legislative priorities, what could expire, what might be extended and what you can expect from this year’s late-night negotiations. 

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  • Now You Know - Budgeting... It's a Process

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    This one-hour seminar offers a quick overview of township budgeting.

    MTA Now You Know: Budgeting... It's a Process
    Smart money management is a matter of mind over money. The same holds true for your township budget. It’s critical to begin with the things every township is required to provide—assessing, tax collecting and elections—and then prioritize the most important things your township wishes to accomplish. Join MTA’s Member Information Services Director Michael Selden for a quick overview on township budgeting, and ensure your township is prepared to continue providing services and programs to your community. 

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    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.

  • Now You Know - Board Compensation: What's In Your Wallet?

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    This session covers a review of statutory requirements and a practical approach to setting public office pay.

    MTA Now You Know: Board Compensation
    How are salaries set for township board offices, and how can they be changed? What may a township board member be compensated for? And how can our board anticipate that and work it into the budget now? You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Get a review of the statutory requirements and a practical approach to setting public office pay from MTA's Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt.

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    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.

  • Now You Know - What's on Deck for the 101st Legislative Session?

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    From committee changes to revenue estimates, new bills and priorities, this session explores how anticipated legislative changes could impact your township.

    NOW YOU KNOW: What's on Deck for the 101st Legislative Session? 
    From committee changes to revenue estimates, new bills and priorities, find out how these changes (and others at the state level) impact your township.

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  • Now You Know - FOIA... What's All the fuss?

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    This one-hour webinar offers an overview of key aspects of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), from deadlines for processing requests to the calculation of fees and so more.

    NOW YOU KNOW: FOIA... What's all the fuss?

    Get a review of key aspects of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), from deadlines for processing requests to the calculation of fees and so much more!

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    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.

  • Accounting & Payroll (4-part series)

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    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.