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NACo Board Approves Dues Freeze for 2013

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Andrew S. Goldschmidt, Membership Marketing Director, NACo

The NACo Board of Directors has approved a dues freeze for the sixth year in a row for 2013 and also okayed a Census adjustment for dues for 2014. Member counties should budget the same amount for dues for 2013 as they paid in 2012.

Secretary Salazar Announces Record $393 Million in ‘PILT’ for Police, Fire, and Schools in Rural Communities

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2012
Contact: 
Blake Androff, U.S. Department of Interior

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that more than 1,850 local governments around the Nation are receiving a record total of $393 million under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Being distributed today, the payments are the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for non-taxable Federal land in their jurisdictions.

EPA Schedules NACo Conference Call on Stormwater Run-off from Logging Roads

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently that is considering changes to current stormwater regulations so state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not required for stormwater discharges from forest roads. At the same time, the EPA is requesting information on voluntary best management practices for addressing stormwater runoff from logging/forest roads. The EPA is accepting comments on their proposal until June 22.

Farm Bill Heads to Senate; Action Needed

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director

The full Senate is likely to take up the farm bill this week after members returned from their in-state work week. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee April 26.

Selby Heads WIR; Public Lands Energy Policy Gets Centerstage

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Beverly Schlotterbeck, Executive Director, NACo County News

Americans look to the West for its heritage, majestic scenery, recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources. These competing views, which have defined the West for decades, inevitably collide in America’s public lands counties, heirs to millions of acres of federally owned land.

EPA Announces Stormwater Runoff from Forest Road Plan

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will revise current stormwater regulations to state that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are no longer required for stormwater discharges from forest roads.

NACo's 'Counties Work' Game Receives National Recognition

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager

NACo has received a 2012 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Communications from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its online game, Counties Work, which educates students about the role and responsibilities of county government.

Counties Continue to Roll Out Smartphone Applications

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Charlie Ban, Staff Writer, NACo County News

As smartphone use increases across demographics, counties are continuing to take advantage of the popularity of mobile applications to deliver information and service to residents.

Returning Troops Focus of NACo Annual Town Hall Session

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Sawyer, Financial Services Corporation Director; Maeghan Gilmore, Program Director

The troops are coming home to our counties after admirably serving the country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many will be looking for jobs, some will seek counseling services, and others will need assistance with their families.

Counties Reach Out to Communities During National County Government Month

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager

James Madison argued in 1822 information is essential for a popular and effective government. That’s why it’s critical that counties remain committed, creative and aggressive informing the communities they serve about the role and responsibilities of county government, and the essential services and programs available. During the month of April, hundreds of counties did just that during the 2012 National County Government Month.