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  • 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.


  • Ordinance Enforcement Part I: The Legalities

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This informative session covers enforcement of local ordinances from a legal standpoint, presented by one of the leading enforcement attorneys in the state.

    To have any credibility, it is critical to enforce township ordinances. Explore enforcement methods, techniques and strategies for success including practical advice from one of the leading enforcement attorneys in the state on when to apply each method. Municipal civil infraction and misdemeanor penalty options will also be discussed.  This webcast is the third in a series of four on Writing, Adopting & Enforcing Ordinances.

    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.   

  • Guide to Tax Collection (5 part series)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    The complete 5-part tax collection series, offering a guide to the tax collection process from start to finish.

    This 5-part webcast includes all components of the tax collection series. Start with an overview of the tax collection process (from assessment roll to settlement with the county) in Part 1, then explore deadlines, procedures and practical tips in Part 2. Delve into summer and winter taxes, bill preparation, deferments, SET and PILT in Part 3. Next, learn about accounting, disbursement and settlement in Part 4, then get an in-depth look at what you need to know about collecting delinquent personal property tax in Part 5.

    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.

  • Intro to Planning & Zoning Series

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Includes all three segments of MTA's "Introduction to Planning & Zoning" series. Includes segments on "The Basics", "The Tools" and "The Process".

    This three-part series will be get your board members or zoning officials started on the right foot, or provide a helpful refresher for more experienced officials. 

    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.

    In part 1, "The Basics", we'll 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.

    Then, explore the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning approvals during part 2, "The Tools". Rezoning, site plan review, special land uses, planned unit development and variances will also be discussed. 

    In the final segment, The Process, we will break down each step in the process from pre-application to processing and deliberation through documentation. Enforcement will also be addressed.

    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.

  • Land Use: Defining Your Township's Future (F-102)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    This four-part series covers a variety of land use-related topics, from building a great team, to defining your master plan, developing your township's zoning strategy and dealing with new and emerging issues. Valid for 6 credits in MTA's TGA program.

    Learn the ins and outs of building a great planning & zoning team and discuss how your actions impact your community. Part one of a four-part series, this informative session will help you identify some of the purposes of planning to help you determine what you wish to accomplish. Change can be a positive thing, learn how to manage it effectively.

    Once you’ve mastered Foundations, you won’t want to miss segments two through four Defining Your Township’s Master PlanZoning Strategies and Emerging Issues. Together they delve into the elements of and ideas behind master planning along with a wide range of emerging trends and strategies in planning and zoning. 

    This course is divided into four webcasts segments. 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 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.

  • Managing Your Township Team (F-104)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    Also known as "Managing HR in the Township", this four-part series will cover human resources issues all townships face -- from hiring and firing to discipline, compensation and managing volunteers. Valid for 6 TGA credits.

    Human resource issues need to be addressed in all townships—even small townships with only a few employees or volunteers. Hiring, firing, discipline, compensation, and recruiting and managing volunteers are just a few of the human resource related issues about which all township officials must be knowledgeable. We’ll help you build your township’s personnel policies, from the basic components to how to keep it current.

    This course is divided into four webcasts segments. 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.


    Stephen Schultz

    Attorney

    Stephen Schultz is a founding partner of the law firm Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes. The firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Law Firm’s in America” by US News & World Report. Steve is listed in the publication “Super Lawyers” as an expert in the field of Labor and Employment Law. For over 30 years, his practice has focused on representing townships in all matters. He is also frequent presenter for MTA and an instructor in MTA’s Township Governance Academy.

  • Making Meetings Work More Effectively (B-105)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This two-part series will help you structure your meetings to achieve more in less time, with better consensus around the board table. Valid for 4 TGA credits.

    Structure your meetings to achieve more in less time! Explore how your board might define its “rules of engagement” so that the meetings will be orderly and productive. Learn how to deal with differences around the board table while staying focused on results. Conflict resolution techniques are also incorporated as part of the training.

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

    Susan Radwan

    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.

  • Tax Collecting: Accounting, Disbursement and Settlement (Part 4)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This segment, part 4 of our 5-part "Tax Collection" series, delves into accepting and recording payments, recording disbursements, distribution deadlines and penalties, and settlement with the county.

    This segment, part 4 of our 5-part "Tax Collection" series, delves into accepting and recording payments, recording disbursements, distribution deadlines and penalties, and settlement with the county.

    Once you’ve mastered Getting Started – Parts 1 & 2Bill Preparation, Summer and Winter Taxes (Part 3), and this segment on Accounting, Disbursement and Settlement, you won’t want to miss the remaining segment, going in-depth on 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: Bill Preparation, Summer and Winter Taxes (Part 3)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In part 3 of our Tax Collecting series, this segment delves into summer taxes, deferments, SET, winter taxes and PILT.

    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.

    This segment (Part 3) delves into summer taxes, deferments, SET, winter taxes and PILT. Once you’ve mastered Getting Started – Parts 1 & 2, and this segment on Bill Preparation, Summer and Winter Taxes, you won’t want to miss the remaining segments on accounting, disbursement and settlement; and delinquent personal property tax.

  • Spending Public Money

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In this webcast, you’ll discover the general guidelines and specific examples of lawful and unlawful expenditures determined by statute, case law.

    Townships need statutory authority to spend public money. If a law says or implies that a township may spend public money on an activity, then it is a lawful expenditure (as long as you get equal value or better in return). But if you can’t point to a statute that authorizes townships to spend money on a particular activity, then it’s an unlawful expenditure.  In this webcast, you’ll discover the general guidelines and specific examples of lawful and unlawful expenditures determined by statute, case law. 

    Thank you to C2AE for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit c2ae.com.

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Catherine joined MTA in 1991, working in the Education Department before joining Member Information Services in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.