Monthly Archives: November 2014

What Makes Special Districts, Special?

special districtsOn various forums we participate in, we notice a lot of discussion about or involving special districts. We also notice that confusion exists about what qualifies as a special district, and the pros and cons of a special district set up.

What is a special district?

A special district is defined as any district that incorporates a separate form of government in order to provide public services to a specific area. A special district can be established to deliver any of a wide range of services including airports, highways, mass transit, parks, cemeteries, hospitals, irrigation, conservation, gas utility and more.While characteristics of special districts vary according to location and other specifics, there are four main characteristics that typically remain the same. Read more >

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Small Town Stories: Town of Circle, MT

The City of Circle

The City of Circle

We love to “circle” the 24 states where Black Mountain Software has customers, in search of Small Town Stories, and our latest stop is the Town of Circle, Montana!

Recently, the Town of Circle happened to become Black Mountain Software’s 300th Montana customer. We decided to celebrate this milestone by delivering a $300 check to the Circle Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture to use toward their annual Town & Country Day expenses. Emily Guldborg, Treasurer for the Chamber and Manager of the McCone County Credit Union, responded that they “greatly appreciated” the extra monies for their event, which celebrates the region’s rich agriculture and ranching industries (the area’s main economic driving force). Read more >

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Time-Saver Tips: Using the Daily Time Card Module

imagesGuest Blog By: Teresa, BMS Sales Manager and former Montana school clerk

We all have busy jobs and are constantly trying to do more with less. Though processing of payroll and time cards is a necessary task, it’s not always the most efficient. That is why Black Mountain Software developed the Daily Time Card module for use with our school or municipal Payroll software.

Processing payroll pretty much kills a day (or two in some cases!). For example, in school administration, one must gather time sheets, fan through extra-curricular trips, verify teacher leave, and then, worst of all, sort out who subbed for who and how to pay the substitute teachers. Read more >

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2014 City Clerk Salary Survey Results and Infographic

Last month, we asked members of our LinkedIn Group, The City Clerk Cafe, to participate in a city clerk salary survey to find out more about city council and city clerk pay. We wanted to paint an accurate picture of how population affects city council, mayor, and city clerk salary.

What we found was very interesting!

What we learned from the 2014 City Clerk Salary Survey

  • The higher the city population, the higher the City Council pay–by quite a bit! In towns with under 5,000 residents, the salary of a city council member may just be less than the gas it costs to get to the meeting—an average of $2,400 a year!
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