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  • Accounting & Payroll: Bookkeeping & Preparing for an Audit (Part 2)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In part two of this series, 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.

    This is part 2 of MTA's Accounting & Payroll class. 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. 

    Thank you to Pontem Software for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.pontem.com/Fund-Accounting.


    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.

  • Accounting & Payroll: Intro to Bookkeeping (Part 1)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webcast is part one of a four-part series, and covers basic accounting methods and includes discussion on common township credits, debits, assets and liabilities.

    This is part 1 of MTA's Accounting & Payroll class. 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.  

    Thank you to Pontem Software for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.pontem.com/Fund-Accounting.

    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.

  • Accounting & Payroll: Payroll (Part 4)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Review the information and forms required to prepare for an audit and complete required State of Michigan financial reports in this segment, part four of the series.

    This is part 4 of MTA's Accounting & Payroll class.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. 

     Thank you to Pontem Software for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.pontem.com/Fund-Accounting.


  • Accounting & Payroll: Tax Collection & Internal Controls (Part 3)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    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.

    This is part 3 of MTA's Accounting & Payroll class.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. 

     Thank you to Pontem Software for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.pontem.com/Fund-Accounting.


    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.

  • Assessing Oversight: The Process

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Every township board member should be acquainted with all operations within their township. This webinar will help you to be proactive in providing your taxpayers with proper, cost-effective assessing.

    Every township board member should be acquainted with all operations within their township. For many townships, gone are the times when your supervisor was also your assessor. Have you heard about the state's 14-point assessment review? Are you ready to gain a better understanding of the assessing process and assessing in general? Learn how to be proactive in providing your taxpayers with proper, cost-effective assessing.

    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.

  • At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs (F-101)

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This three-part course offers a comprehensive look into how townships provide services to their constituents, from the board's authority, legal requirements and risk management, to evaluating effectiveness and planning for the future. Valid for six TGA credits.

    This three-part course offers a comprehensive look into how townships provide services to their constituents. Earn six TGA credits for this webcast

    In part one, learn more about the role, authority and legal requirements of the township board in funding and delivering services. From property taxes to fees and charges, special assessments to grants and donations, this session will help you identify a variety of funding sources, and the limitations associated with each.

    In part two, examine the township board’s responsibility in assuring that the risks inherent with the services provided are properly managed. Delve into the board’s role in risk management and learn to identify and examine your townships exposure to loss.

    For the final segment, learn strategies that will help you evaluate whether your township’s services are effectively serving the community and what considerations should be made today to ensure future viability.

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

    Steve Mann (Moderator)

    Attorney

    Steve Mann is an attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC. He practices in the area of municipal finance, including municipal bonds, special assessments, tax increment finance, economic development, Brownfield redevelopment, and intergovernmental transactions.

    Steve currently serves his community as a trustee for Plymouth Charter Township in Wayne County and previously served a term as township supervisor.

    Susan Radwan (Moderator)

    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

    Cindy Davis

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist Cindy Davis 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.

  • Board Roles & Relations (B-101)

    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. Presented by Larry Merrill, former MTA Executive Director. (Total time: 3 hours, 9 minutes)

    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. 

  • Building a Better Budget - Advanced

    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.