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  • Tax Collecting: Delinquent Personal Property Tax (Part 5)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This segment is the final in our tax collection series and delves into what you need to know about collecting delinquent personal property tax.

    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 is the final in our tax collection series and delves into what you need to know about collecting delinquent personal property tax.

    Don't miss the other segments in our series on Tax Collection which include: Getting Started – Parts 1 & 2Bill Preparation, Summer and Winter Taxes, and Accounting, Disbursement and Settlement.


    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.

  • Exploring Township Revenue Sources

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Get an introduction to the potential revenue methods a township can use in this eye-opening webcast that can put your township on a more financially-sound path.

    Township board members are faced with increasingly difficult decisions on how to fund programs and services. Often the answer is reducing services, but sometimes the answer is taking a more effective approach to how programs are funded. 

    Do you know all the revenue sources and methods available to your township? Are they being used effectively and efficiently? What alternative revenue is available to your township that you might have overlooked?  

    Get an introduction to the potential revenue methods a township can use in this eye-opening webcast that can put your township on a more financially-sound path.  

    Thank you to Michigan Election Resources for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more info, visit MichiganElectionResources.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.

  • Governing an Accountable Fire Department

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Learn the legal responsibilities of the township board regarding fire operations, establishing an appropriate relationship with the fire chief, and practical ways to set expectations and evaluate department results.

    Governance of the township’s fire department can be challenging to townships of all sizes. Township officials know that they should not “micromanage,” but what is the appropriate role for a township board to exercise proper oversight?  How do township boards hold their fire departments accountable—without appearing to be interfering or causing unnecessary strife?  

    This webcast will explain the legal responsibilities of the township board regarding fire operations, how to establish an appropriate relationship with the fire chief, and practical ways for the township board to establish expectations and evaluate department results. 

    Thank you to Municipal Employees' Retirement System for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For cost saving solutions, click here

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

  • New Officials Training for Clerks

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    A full overview of your duties, starting with your role as a board member through responsibilities specific to your elected office.

    This multi-part webcast offers the same content as our full-day New Officials Training, delivered right to where you are! Start by getting an overview of township government, then learn what townships do -- and how to finance it. Get the basics on your role in financial oversight and how you can make every board meeting a great board meeting. Then, learn the specific roles and responsibilities of your elected office and get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • New Officials Training - Getting Started Right

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    Learn more about MTA, get an overview of township government, what townships do and how to finance it, basics of financial oversight and tips for great board meetings.

    Learn more about MTA, get an overview of township government, what townships do and how to finance it, basics of financial oversight and tips for great board meetings. General content helpful for all members of a township, but especially for elected officials.

    NOTE: The segments included in this webcast are also included in our New Officials Training webcast packages available for Clerks, Trustees, Treasurers and Supervisors. This package does not include any of the office-specific segments, or panel discussions from veteran officials.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • New Officials Training for Treasurers

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    A full overview of your duties, starting with your role as a board member through responsibilities specific to your elected office.

    This multi-part webcast offers the same content as our full-day New Officials Training, delivered right to where you are! Start by getting an overview of township government, then learn what townships do -- and how to finance it. Get the basics on your role in financial oversight and how you can make every board meeting a great board meeting. Then, learn the specific roles and responsibilities of your elected office and get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • New Officials Training for Supervisors

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    A full overview of your duties, starting with your role as a board member through responsibilities specific to your elected office.

    This multi-part webcast offers the same content as our full-day New Officials Training, delivered right to where you are! Start by getting an overview of township government, then learn what townships do -- and how to finance it. Get the basics on your role in financial oversight and how you can make every board meeting a great board meeting. Then, learn the specific roles and responsibilities of your elected office and get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • New Officials Training for Trustees

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    A full overview of your duties, starting with your role as a board member through responsibilities specific to your elected office.

    This multi-part webcast offers the same content as our full-day New Officials Training, delivered right to where you are! Start by getting an overview of township government, then learn what townships do -- and how to finance it. Get the basics on your role in financial oversight and how you can make every board meeting a great board meeting. Then, learn the specific roles and responsibilities of your elected office and get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • New Officials Training: Role of the Clerk

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the clerk. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the clerk. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected. 

    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.

  • New Officials Training: Role of the Trustee

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the trustee. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the trustee. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected. 

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance.