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Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Lawsuit

PILT Underfunding 2015-2017
Posted Date: 
June 19, 2018
Shantil Siaperas, Communications Director, Montana Association of Counties

On June 19, 2018 MACo was one of many counties across the country on a conference call regarding the underfunding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for 2015, 2016, and 2017.  The call was with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and a law firm (Smith, Currie, and Hancock) representing Kane County, Utah.

NACo Releases Analysis of 2016 Elections

U.S. Election Insight: What's in Store for the Nation's Counties
Posted Date: 
November 12, 2016

Now that the elections are over, Congress will be back in Washington, D.C. next week to begin the lame duck session, President-elect Trump is already beginning his transition and congressional leaders are getting organized for the 115th Congress.  To help you digest the results of the election and what it means for county governments, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has released a detailed report, "U.S. Election Insight 2016: What's in Store for the Nation's Counties."

MACo Endorses eConnectDirect

An Essential Solution for Members to Manage Their Fixed-Income Investment Needs
John Coban, Senior Vice President, Multi-Bank Secrities, Inc.

The Montana Association of Counties in its continued partnership with the National Association of Counties and their Financial Services Corporation is pleased to endorse eConnectDirect® as an essential solution for members to manage their fixed-income investment needs. This proprietary tool, developed by Multi-Bank Securities, Inc. (MBS), gives county treasurers visibility to thousands of fixed-income offerings in a market with little transparency. It arms investors with the necessary tools and confidence to select and transact with the fixed-income marketplace.

Waters of the US Final Rule: Legislative & Legal Options

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2015
Deborah Cox, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo has received many questions recently regarding potential next steps once the final Waters of the U.S. rule is published. The purpose of this document is to explore some of the options, both legislative and legal. This document is in no way intended to serve as a recommendation or endorsement by NACo of any particular action.

NACo Endangered Species Act Alert

Posted Date: 
October 10, 2014
Paul Beddoe, NACo Deputy Legislative Director

NACo and Coalition Partners File Comments Opposing Proposed Critical Habitat Regulations

Yesterday, NACo joined its long-standing partners in the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC) in filing comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (“the Services”) which oppose proposed changes to the implementing regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the process of designating critical habitat and the scope of the “adverse modification” inquiry under section 7 inter-agency consultations.

NACo Action Alert: New "Waters of the U.S." Definition Released, Counties Urged to Comment

Posted Date: 
April 23, 2014
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Counties are strongly encouraged to submit written comments on potential impacts of the proposed regulation to the Federal Register

On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule — Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act — that would amend the definition of "waters of the U.S." and potentially expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
March 24, 2014
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370, March 21. It limits increases on flood insurance premiums and restores grandfathering.

NACo Discusses Federal Transportation Funding Crisis, Outlines Key County Priorities in MAP-21 Rewrite

Posted Date: 
March 14, 2014

On March 13, National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matt Chase participated in a bipartisan roundtable that focused on the pending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund and the expiration of the federal surface transportation bill, MAP-21.  The roundtable was led by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

Major Win for Counties: Flood Insurance Bill Clears Congress, Heads to President’s Desk

Posted Date: 
March 13, 2014

passing legislation that addresses concerns about rising flood insurance premiums across America.  The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370) passed the Senate by a vote of 72-22.  The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives on March 4, now moves to the President’s desk for his signature. 

H.R. 3370 is in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), signed into law in July of 2012, which aimed to make the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) more financially stable by reflecting true flood risks in communities. NACo and county leaders raised concerns that implementation of BW-12 resulted in some unintended consequences, including rapidly increasing flood insurance premiums in local communities.

NACo Action Alert on House Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
February 24, 2014
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

Urge Your U.S. House Members to Vote "YES" On the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370 (as amended)

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to begin debate this week on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3370, as amended).  Please urge your House Member to vote "yes" on the measure.