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  • Special Assessment Procedures

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    This two-part series will identify the ins and outs of raising money from those who benefit without burdening the general public.

    The process of specially assessing property for costs of a project can be both confusing and challenging. This two-part series will identify the ins and outs of raising money from those who benefit without burdening the general public. Examine the procedures and methods of using township special assessment laws to generate money for projects, such as streets, sidewalks, sewers, bike paths and emergency services. Review the special assessment process from start to finish, including the petition process, board resolutions, notice and public hearing requirements, confirmation of the assessment roll, appeals, and options for financing projects.

    Steve Mann

    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.

  • Ordinance Enforcement Part II: Tips & Tricks from An Expert

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    This informative session offers tips, advice and lessons learned from a seasoned ordinance enforcement officer/zoning administrator.

    Don’t miss Part II on Enforcement which is also the fourth and final webcast in our series on Writing, Adopting & Enforcing Ordinances. This informative session offers tips, advice and lessons learned from a seasoned ordinance enforcement officer/zoning administrator.

    Douglas Kuhlman

    Douglas Kuhlman is a zoning administrator/enforcement officer for multiple townships within St. Joseph and Cass Counties in Michigan.

    He's a certified police officer, licensed private investigator, 911 telecommunicator and former fire fighter/emergency medical technician.

  • Tax Collecting: Getting Started (Part 1)

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    In part one of this series, review the tax collection process, from the assessment roll to settlement with the county treasurer. Part 1 of a 5-part series.

    Collecting and distributing taxes is a highly visible and sometimes controversial township function that involves handling large sums of money. Review the tax collection process, including the township treasurer’s statutory duties, in this five segment webcast series on tax collection.

    Getting Started - Part 1 will explore the basic tax collection process—from the assessment roll to settlement with the county treasurer. Examine the tax calendar and the duties involved at each point during the collection process.

    Once you’ve mastered Getting Started – Part 1, you won’t want to miss Part 2; then consider the remaining segments on bill preparation, summer and winter taxes; accounting, disbursement and settlement; and delinquent personal property tax.

    Jim Beelen

    Former MTA Member Information Services Liaison

    MTA Member Information Liaison Jim Beelen joined MTA in October 2008 from Allendale Charter Township in Ottawa County where he served on the township board for 30 years. The last 12 years Jim was the Supervisor. For 18 years prior to that, Jim served as the township treasurer.

    During his time at MTA, Jim provided township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. He also developed MIS Department resource materials, and presented workshop and Conference sessions. Jim retired in 2015 and now enjoys fishing and visiting his many grandchildren.

  • Tax Collecting: Getting Started (Part 2)

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    Continue to explore tax collecting process like identifying deadlines, statutory procedures, practical tips and resources for the tax cycle. Part 2 of a 5 part series.

    Collecting and distributing taxes is a highly visible and sometimes controversial township function that involves handling large sums of money. Review the tax collection process, including the township treasurer’s statutory duties, in this five segment webcast series on tax collection.

    Getting Started - Part 2 continues to explore the basic tax collection process—from the assessment roll to settlement with the county treasurer. Identify deadlines, statutory procedures, practical tips and resources for the tax cycle.

     Once you’ve mastered Getting Started – Parts 1 & 2, you won’t want to miss the remaining segments on bill preparation, summer and winter taxes; accounting, disbursement and settlement; and delinquent personal property tax.

    Jim Beelen

    Former MTA Member Information Services Liaison

    MTA Member Information Liaison Jim Beelen joined MTA in October 2008 from Allendale Charter Township in Ottawa County where he served on the township board for 30 years. The last 12 years Jim was the Supervisor. For 18 years prior to that, Jim served as the township treasurer.

    During his time at MTA, Jim provided township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. He also developed MIS Department resource materials, and presented workshop and Conference sessions. Jim retired in 2015 and now enjoys fishing and visiting his many grandchildren.

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Basics

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    In part one, examine the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, along with the role of the township board.

    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. 

    Part one of a three-part series, this informative session will review the basic elements of planning and zoning, including the planning and zoning enabling acts that laid the foundation. Examine the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, along with the role of the township board. 

    Once you’ve mastered The Basics, you won’t want to miss part two, The Tools, and three, The Process, also offered as 60- and 75-minute sessions. Together they delve into the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making.

    Thank you to Foster Swift for helping to underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.fosterswift.com.


    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Process

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    In part three of this series, dive into each step in the process from pre-application to processing and deliberation through documentation. Enforcement will also be addressed.

    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.

    This third and final session in our three-part introductory series, will break down each step in the process from pre-application to processing and deliberation through documentation. Enforcement will also be addressed. 

    We recommend you participate in parts one and two, The Basics and The Tools, before participating in this session. 

    Thank you to Landplan, Inc. for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.landplan-eidelson.com.


    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

  • Introduction to Planning & Zoning: The Tools

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    In part two, explore the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning approvals during this session

    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.

     Explore the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning approvals during this session, which is part two of our three part series. Rezoning, site plan review, special land uses, planned unit development and variances will also be discussed. 

    We recommend you participate in part one, The Basics, before taking this portion. When you are ready to continue the learning, catch the third and final session in our introductory series, The Process.

    Thank you to Rowe Professional Services Company for helping to underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.roweincorp.com.


    Steve Langworthy

    Director of Land Use & Long Range Planning, Dublin, Ohio

    Steve Langworth received a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and spent 6 years as a planning director and zoning administrator for the city of Kentwood, Michigan (among others), and over 20 years as a consulting planner, most recently with LSL Planning in Grand Rapids.

    Steve has authored numerous Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and special studies for communities of all sizes and characteristics. He is a frequent MTA presenter and the principal author of MTA’s Township Guide to Planning and Zoning and Township Planning & Zoning Decision-making Handbook.

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

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    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: Bookkeeping & Preparing for an Audit (Part 2)

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    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: Tax Collection & Internal Controls (Part 3)

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    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.