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Census 2020 5 documents
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This guide prepares local governments to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA). The guide includes a detailed checklist for participating local governments, sample forms, and the LUCA schedule.
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This one pager outlines concerns that Minnesota will lose a congressional seat after the 2020 Census and suggests efforts counties can undertake to give the state the best opportunity to retain all eight U.S. Representative seats.
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This NACo report explains how counties can help in an effective roll-out of the 2020 Census by working with states and the federal government. Along with the American Community Survey (ACS), the data is critical in deciding factors such as representation apportionment amongst the general population, and allocating approximately $600 billion dollars in federal funding every year. The report outlines key takeaways which enable counties to maximize the benefits from the 2020 Census.
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This document answers 31 common questions about the Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) including questions about the program, why local governments should participate, and technical requirements.
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This flyer summarizes basic information about the Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) and how local governments can participate.
document Header The 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)
Joint Power Agreements 7 documents
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This document includes the joint power agreements of three different entities that work in public health, solid waste, and watershed management. The agreements are annotated with notations that highlight required language and best practices. These are intended to show what language successful joint powers use in their agreements.
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This guidebook builds on the other two intergovernmental relations guidebooks and gives a comprehensive and practical guide to local government contracting and procurement.
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This is a one-page reference document outlining what was determined from various sources to be the best practices for Joint Powers Agreements/Authorities and Joint Powers Entities. It includes a section on the requirements of JPA’s given by Minnesota statute, a section on top priorities when forming and running joint powers entities, general best practices, and the most commonly asked resources for new commissioners when joining joint powers boards.
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Coming from the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor, this guidebook dives into the best practices of initiating, building, and maintaining governmental relationships.
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Coming from the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor, this guidebook was written for local officials highlighting the best practices for fostering, crafting, and implementing cooperative agreements among local governments.
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Published by the League of Minnesota Cities, this document details the different forms of government cooperation, including mutual aid agreements, joint powers, service contracts, and contracts for shared resources or personal. It also includes common pitfalls and recommended provisions for minimizing claims and managing liability risks. It additionally includes sample hold-harmless contract language and links to model agreements.
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Taken from Chapter 16 of the League of Minnesota Cities’ Handbook for Minnesota Cities, this packet gives a detailed description of intergovernmental relationships, including a section on the Joint Powers Act. It also includes sections on land use planning and regional development, and banding with others in local government associations.
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Cybersecurity 5 documents
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This document gives a brief overview of the importance of cybersecurity measures in counties. The document provides a list of best policies that counties should consider based on the practice’s cost, cybersecurity defense impact, and implementation effort.
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This starter kit from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency provides guidance for organizations and their leaders for improving their cybersecurity. The document includes six toolkits for the leader of the organization and IT staff to build a culture of cyber readiness within the workforce. These toolkits advise actions for the leader and IT staff to take to build this culture, and they also provide additional resources for taking action.
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This two-page brief highlights important basic information local governments should understand about cybersecurity. The brief notes why local governments are targets, common attacks, the lifecycle of an attack, and examples of recent cyber breaches in Minnesota.
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This primer was created so that every official and county employee, regardless of technical background, can work in a unified approach with their IT leaders. The primer raises awareness and understanding of cybersecurity, cyber preparedness, and the local government leader's role in cyber risk management and incident response.
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This report analyzes the results of a statewide survey of Minnesota county cybersecurity experiences and preparedness. The survey was conducted in the summer of 2022.
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County Meetings 4 documents
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This is an introductory video about Minnesota's open meeting law which regulates public meetings held by counties and other government bodies. The video explains when the open meeting law applies and rules about special and closed meetings.
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Find more information and resources from our partners at the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust.
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County Government Structure and Budget 4 documents
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This document gives a general overview of county government structure, including management systems used in Minnesota counties.
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County Officers 8 documents
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This information brief describes the process for changing certain county government offices from elected to appointed positions and explains which county offices may be combined. It also summarizes which counties have implemented these changes and if a county used general or special law.
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This fact sheet outlines the duties and responsibilities for county commissioners. It highlights a commissioner's role as a representative of constituents and the county and the responsibility of commissioners in county management and budgeting.
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This fact sheet reviews the basic duties of a County Assessor. It also outlines the Assessor's code of conduct and ethics and the three reasons a county board may terminate the term of an Assessor. The fact sheet comes from the Auditor/Treasurer Manual published by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
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This fact sheet lists the basic duties of a County Auditor. The fact sheet comes from the Auditor/Treasurer Manual published by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
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This fact sheet lists the basic duties of a County Recorder. The fact sheet comes from the Auditor/Treasurer Manual published by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
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This fact sheet lists the basic duties of a County Treasurer. The fact sheet comes from the Auditor/Treasurer Manual published by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
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This video describes the role of the county attorney and the diverse areas of law in which a county attorney works. 
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County Program Aid 6 documents
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This chart lists, county-by-county, the 2016 County Program Aid distribution.
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This policy brief by House Research explains the origins of County Program Aid and clearly outlines the formula used to distribute aid.
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This presentation by the Minnesota Department of Revenue explains the history and calculation of the current county program aid formula.  The presentation details how changes in a county's land value and demographics have impacted the aid's distribution over the past ten years.
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This fact sheet details the new County Program Aid formula proposed by AMC's County Program Aid Work Group. The fact sheet also describes the current formula, its volatile funding over the past ten years, and the inequitable distribution of aid to counties across the state.
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This webinar from October 2013 discusses trends in County Program Aid (CPA).
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Essential Records and Records Emergency Planning 2 documents
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The Essential Records course will prepare participants to: Identify an agency's essential records; Analyze potential risks to records; Identify and prioritize protection strategies; Develop procedures to ensure access to essential records. 
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The Records Emergency Planning and Response course will prepare participants to: Prepare and maintain a Records Emergency Action Plan (REAP) and Respond to and recover from records emergencies.
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Local Government Sales Tax Exemption 2 documents
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This webinar explains the legislative history of the new sales tax law, the procedures that city and county officials will need to follow to secure the exemption, and what to do during the transitional period.
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This fact sheet explains when sales to federal, state or local governments in Minnesota are taxable what exemptions are available.
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Property Taxes 11 documents
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This document identifies 14 reasons why property taxes may change from year to year.
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has recognized Anoka County's "Pie, With a Side of Property Taxes" video as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative. What does a pie have to do with your property taxes? Learn what 2 things directly affect how much you pay.
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This policy brief reviews the property tax system including: who pays, how much property taxes raise, recent changes to the system, and major credits, refunds, and aids.
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This course provides instruction on how property taxes are calculated for taxes payable in 2016. It provides a concise introduction to the basic terms and methodology for calculating property taxes, and provides examples and problems that give thorough instruction on the step-by-step computations.
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The Minnesota Tax Handbook is published biennially, with a smaller Supplement published in the intervening years. The first section provides a profile of each state tax including tax base, rates, collection amounts, and legislative history. The second section profiles each local tax in a similar manner. The last section contains state and local tax collections for the two most recent years.
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This AMC document provides an overview of Minnesota's property tax system. The document maps the property assessment process and the steps to appeal an over-assessed property.  It also includes the current property tax classifications and a glossary of property tax related terms.
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Webinar presentation from March 2015.
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This policy brief outlines the process used to determine a community's net tax capacity and how a local taxing jurisdiction sets its levy. The brief also includes an example of how to calculate the tax for an individual property.
document Header Property Tax 101: Basic Terms and Concepts
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This policy brief outlines the roles of county officials in property tax administration. It includes a timeline for the property tax process and an explanation for how property owners may appeal the assessor's valuation of their property.
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This policy brief explains why taxes vary by type of property and includes a chart comparing property taxes for several property types. 
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This webinar provides an overview of the property tax system in Minnesota.
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Social Media and County Government 2 documents
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You do not have to know how to tweet to enjoy this webinar but you will learn how Twitter and other social media techniques are being used in county government.
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Meg Knodl, Hennepin County Online Community Manager, will help you be better informed when staff and constituents request county government to be more involved in new communication options.
document Header Social Media Dos and Don'ts For County Government
Statement of Economic Interest 4 documents
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This video is produced by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board and explains how to complete the Board's online Statement of Economic Interest form. The video also provides details on what type of information should be included in the Statement. 
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The Public and Local Officials Handbook by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board gives detailed answers on public disclosure policies that impact county commissioners and other county elected positions. This handbook provides assistance on completing sections of the Statement of Economic Interest form and includes information on conflict of interest notices and gift bans.
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This is a blank form of the Statement of Economic Interest for County Commissioners. Commissioners may submit their Statement of Economic Interest either through this form or through the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board's website.
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All Minnesota county commissioners and some elected or appointed officials in metropolitan counties must periodically disclose certain financial interests. This one-page brief answers questions about the Statement of Economic Interest requirement, including: who needs to file, what information is asked, and where and when it needs to be filed.
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