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January 19, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Fallon County Seeking Director of Public Health

Fallon County is seeking a Director of Public Health. This position is responsible for a variety of programs, which protect and promote the health of the citizens. This work includes…
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January 10, 2021 in County News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 2 – January 10, 2021

The 67th Legislative Session is freshly underway, having just convened last Monday, January 4th. The usual hustle and bustle of the Capitol building--often filled with legislators, lobbyists, the public, and guided…
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January 6, 2021 in County News, Legislative Updates

New Features for Public to Access the Montana Legislature’s Resources

The voices of Montanans will echo in the halls of the capitol in more ways than ever and from farther away when the 2021 Legislature convenes Monday.
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January 4, 2021 in County News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 1 – January 4, 2021

We hope everyone had a wonderful an d relaxing holiday season. Unfortunately, it’s time to take down the twinkle lights, wreaths, and trees and jump into the legislative season (session)! …
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December 22, 2020 in Association News, County News, National News, State News

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

Beginning January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down…
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December 18, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

December 18th: MACo & LGC Answer Questions About the Newly Implemented Guidance for the LGRP & Provide Legislative Updates

On December 18th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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December 17, 2020 in Association News

2021 New Year’s Resolutions & Reminders

It’s time once again for the Annual New Year’s Resolutions and Reminders! Every year it's good to review certain county duties and requirements, and the  first Commission meeting of the…
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December 4, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

December 4th: MACo & LGC Address the Unexpected New Guidance for the Final Cycle of the Local Government Reimbursement Program

On December 4th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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November 30, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Conclusion & Additional Guidance for Cycle 5 of the Local Government CARES Reimbursement Program

On November 30th, DOA announced changes from the Governor's Office to the CARES Local Government Reimbursement Program, which are effective immediately with the 5th reimbursement cycle.  Certain expenses that local…
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November 30, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Mineral County Seeking Crime Victim Advocate for County Attorney’s Office

Mineral County is seeking a Crime Victim Advocate for the County Attorney's Office. This position provides advocacy and a variety of supportive services for primary and secondary victims of personal…
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November 30, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Lincoln County Seeking Election Administrator

Lincoln County is seeking an Election Administrator. Under the supervision of the Board of County Commissioners, this position manages, supervises the voter registration system in Lincoln County; plans, organizes and…
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November 20, 2020 in Legislative Updates

67th Legislature Chooses Leadership

On November 18th lawmakers caucused both physically and virtually to select their leaders for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.
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November 17, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Governor Announces Directive Regarding Group Size, Capacity, and Masks

Today, November 17th, Governor Bullock announced that further restrictions will be implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The additional measures are effective at 5 a.m. Friday,…
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November 13, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

November 13th: MACo & LGC Discuss How CARES Act Dollars Must be Spent

On November 13th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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November 5, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Meagher County Seeking a Sanitarian

Meagher County is seeking a Sanitarian. This position is responsible for managing all programs related to sanitation and the environmental health and welfare of Meagher County. Services are to be…
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November 3, 2020 in Association News

MACo Adopts Legislative Package

On October 1, 2020, MACo's membership adopted the Association's legislative package, encompassing an assortment of resolutions and policy statements for the upcoming 67th Legislative Session. The adopted resolutions become proposed legislation;…
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November 3, 2020 in Association News

Regionalized Elected County Official Training

The Montana Association of Counties, in cooperation with the Local Government Center at MSU, will provide multiple regionalized trainings throughout Montana for this year’s Elected County Official Training. 
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November 2, 2020 in Association News

Christmas Eve is Still Not a Holiday

The day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are still not holidays, even in 2020. Every year, MACo writes either a newsletter article and/or an email blast with this information. A…
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October 30, 2020 in Grants

State 911 Grant Program Open for Applications SFY 2021

The Montana Department of Administration has officially opened the 9-1-1 Grant Program for SFY 2021. The NEW grant application form is linked below and must be received by the department by…
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October 30, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

October 30th: MACo & LGC Answer Your CARES Act Questions

On October 30th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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October 29, 2020 in Association News

Congratulations to Doug Martens, Rosebud County Commissioner & MACo’s New President

Greetings to All of MACo! My name is Doug Martens, and I was recently elected as your new MACo President—it was certainly a different process due to the COVID restrictions.…
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October 27, 2020 in Association News

Interested In Serving on a MACo Committee?

MACo President Doug Martens will soon be making MACo committee appointments for the upcoming year, and we need your help.  If you're interested in serving, don't forget to submit your…
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October 16, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

October 16th: Townhall Answering Your CARES Act Questions

On October 16th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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September 25, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Sidney Fitzpatrick, Big Horn County

I will be dedicated to MACo and will work to bring cooperation and diversity with other counties to ensure integrity in the 2nd Vice President position. I would respectfully serve…
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September 24, 2020 in National News

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they…
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September 22, 2020 in Association News

MACo President, Commissioner Shane Gorder, Bids Farewell

I wanted to put a few words together to say thank you to everyone for the opportunity to serve as the MACo President this past year. It has truly been…
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September 22, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Dennis Zander, Dawson County

I was elected in 2016 and currently serve as the Dawson County Commission Chair, and have held a seat on MACo's Energy Committee since joining the Association. I will continue…
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September 22, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Roman Zylawy, Mineral County

I want our smaller voice at the county level to be heard and acknowledged by larger government entities while the discussion is happening and before the decisions are made. The…
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September 21, 2020 in County News, National News, State News

New Lodging Rates Beginning October 1st

The General Services Administration has announced new lodging rates effective for travel beginning October 1, 2020.
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September 18, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

September 18th: Townhall Continues to Address COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions

On September 18th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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September 17, 2020 in County News, State News

CDBG Community Planning Grant Applications Accepted Through October 15, 2020

Community Development Block Grant Community Planning Grant Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2020.
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September 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News

3rd FEMA/CAREs Reimbursement Application

Application materials are now available for the third reimbursement cycle, closing September 25th. The process is similar to the first two application cycles wherein the reimbursement form includes FEMA and CAREs…
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September 15, 2020 in County News, State News

Commerce Department Launches the 2020 Census State Championship

The Montana Department of Commerce has launched the 2020 Census State Championship to encourage counties and tribes in Montana to compete for the highest increase in self-response rates to the…
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September 10, 2020 in County News, NACo

NACo Launches NEW Online Advocacy Toolkit

The National Association of Counties has developed a county online federal advocacy toolkit to help you be an effective advocate for top county priorities.
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September 4, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

September 4th: Townhall Continues to Answer COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions

On September 4th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, County News

An Important Message from Our MACo President

MACo President, Shane Gorder, shares an important message with MACo members and partners during this unprecedented and challenging time.
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August 21, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

August 21st: Townhall Focuses on COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions

On August 21st, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 12, 2020 in County News

FY 2020 Mineral Impact Fund Distribution

The FY 2020 Federal Mineral Royalties have been distributed. Montana statute provides that money deposited into the mineral impact account shall be distributed to local governments according to MCA 17-3-240…
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August 7, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

August 7th: Townhall Focuses on COVID-19 & CARES Act Questions as well as Census & General Election Directive

On August 7th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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August 6, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Counties Allowed the Choice to Conduct Mail Ballot Election & Expand Early Voting for November General Election

Governor Bullock today (August 6th) issued a directive to ensure all eligible Montanans can safely vote in the 2020 November general election by allowing counties to expand voting by mail…
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August 1, 2020 in Association News

MACo Welcomes Joanne Romasko as HCT Trust Administrator

Help us in welcoming our new team addition! Joanne Romasko, RHIA, CHDA, CCSP, joined the MACo Health Care Trust Team on as the Health Care Trust Administrator.
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July 24, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

July 24th: Continuing to Answer Your Local Government Reimbursement Program Questions

On July 24th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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July 15, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Governor Bullock Issues Directive Requiring Face Coverings in Certain Indoor Spaces and Outdoor Gatherings

On July 15th Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active…
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July 10, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

July 10th: Answering Your Local Government Reimbursement Program Questions

On July 10th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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July 2, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Plan Released for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana

On July 2nd, the Governor’s Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana was released to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in…
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June 29, 2020 in County News, National News

FY 2020 PILT Payments Distributed

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced today that more than 1,900 local governments around the country will receive $514.7 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)…
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June 17, 2020 in Association News

MACo Awards 2020 President’s Scholarships

MACo President and Richland County Commissioner, Shane Gorder, has announced that Allyson Young, Everett Jensen, and Mason Mindt are the awardees of the 2020 MACo President’s Scholarships.
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June 12, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

June 12th: Local Government Reimbursement Program Update & Answering Your Questions

On June 12th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana's counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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June 5, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, Grants, State News

Local Government Reimbursement Program Created

The Local Government Reimbursement Program is now open.  Reimbursement is available to local governments as part of the CARES Act and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grant…
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June 3, 2020 in County News, National News, State News

Montana 2020 Census: Fill Out Your Form!

With the Census continuing until October, the State Complete Count Committee is closely tracking Montana’s response rates down to the Census tract level. Read this article to view a highlight…
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