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Section 1 – General Powers & Structure

  1. Organization and Structure Options
    1. Traditional
    2. Home Rule
    3. Other
  2. Elected Officials & Replacements
  3. Powers and Duties of County Officials
    1. Elected Officials
    2. Non-elected Officials
    3. Appointed Boards
  4. Property, Buildings and Improvements
  5. Liability and Property Insurance
    1. General Liability
    2. Errors and omissions of the commission
    3. Bonding and property coverage
  6. Eminent Domain

Section 2 – Taxation & Finance

  1. Revenue Sources
    1. Property Taxes
    2. State Distributed Funds
    3. Federal Funding
    4. County Sales Tax
    5. County Lodging Tax
    6. Other Sources
  2. Appropriations and Expenditures
    1. Annual Budget
    2. Purchasing and Procurement
    3. Accounting Methods
  3. Bonds and Debt
  4. External Audit
  5. Tax Abatements
  6. City, Township, Fire District and School Taxes

Section 3 – Public Works

  1. Roads & Bridges
  2. Drains
  3. Water Resource Districts
  4. Airport Authorities
  5. Weed Control
  6. Vector Control

 

Section 4 – Health & Public Safety

  1. Ambulance Districts
  2. Health Districts
  3. Solid Waste Landfills
  4. Older Persons (Senior Citizens)
  5. Emergency Medical Services
  6. Hospital Districts
  7. Emergency Manager
  8. Fire Protection Districts
  9. Detention, Jail and Corrections

Section 5 – Planning and Development

  1. Planning and Zoning
    1. Planning Commission
    2. Zoning Districts
    3. Extraterritorial Zoning Authority
  2. Job Development Authority
  3. County Housing Authority

Section 6 – Cultural and Other Areas

  1. County Libraries
  2. Veterans Service Officer
  3. Extension Service
  4. Historical Society
  5. County Parks

Section 7 – Open Meetings and Records

  1. Board of Commissioner Meetings
    1. Meeting Notices
    2. Minutes
  2. Public Records
    1. Records retention

Section 8 – Elections

  1. Election Officers and Boards
  2. Precincts and Polling Places
  3. Absentee/Early Voting
  4. Paper Ballots
  5. Set aside Ballots
  6. Voting Machines
  7. Canvassing Board

 

 

Section 9 – Employment Law for Commissioners

  1. Responsibility/Liability for Personnel Administration
  2. Federal and State Laws – the Basics
  3. NDACo Salary and Benefit Survey
  4. HR Collaborative

Section 10 – Common Terms and Acronyms