Monthly Archives: February 2014

What Counties Do That Matters

Did you know there are 3,069 counties in the US, and they are the key level of government, serving the people directly? They are responsible for providing all essential public services and are mandated by federal and state laws and regulations.

That’s a lot of responsibility for the small amount of employees who manage them…and that’s why counties matter so much!

So, county workers, here’s your chance to brag. Next time someone asks, “What does my county do for me?” you can say:

  • Counties manage expenditures of more than $450 billion, including law enforcement, construction, human services, education, and health services.
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    Small Town Stories: Castleford, Idaho

    Salmon Falls Creek Area

    Castleford is a small town (.4 miles to be exact) with a big history. It is located along Salmon Falls Creek, a tributary of the Snake River which flows a total of 121 miles and was once a popular trading route between the Native Americans and settlers of the Snake River Plain and Great Basin.

    Castleford was named after its odd-shaped “ford” that allowed mid-1800’s pioneers to cross the creek along the Kelton-Dalles stage route. The unusual ford was marked by a series of rhyolite obelisks.

    In 1890, a man by the name of Cephas Lilly settled along this ford, and it became known as “Castleford.” Though considered a hardworking pioneer, new evidence paints a not-so-pretty picture of Cephas Lilly. Read more >

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    10 Things Every City Clerk Should Know How to Do

    Government Building

    Did you know that only 8 percent of people follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions? Most have already faltered by today’s date.

    We feel, however, that it’s never too late to start anew and make goals for the year. That’s why we decided to compile of list of useful advice for city clerks and utility billing clerks, inspired by conversations and comments made by the hardworking municipal clerks that we network with all year long. Check out the list below and decide where you are really making strides, and where you could do better. Start today and make your own resolution to be the best you can be in 2014! Read more >

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