Supervisors House & Chase Attend National Association of Counties Conference

7/29/2013

FLORENCE, AZ – Supervisors Cheryl Chase and Todd House recently joined 2,300 fellow county officials from across the country during the 2013 NACo Annual Conference: County Solutions and Idea Marketplace in Tarrant County/Fort Worth, Texas to establish national policies affecting counties and work collaboratively to find and share innovative solutions to challenges facing American communities. The theme of this year’s annual conference was Why Counties Matter.

NACo’s Annual Conference is the most important gathering of county officials of the year. Decisions made during the conference allow counties to speak with a strong, clear and unified voice to the Presidential administration, Congress and the American people on issues ranging from transportation and water infrastructure, health care and court and jail systems.

Supervisors House and Chase said the conference was productive and informative.

“There are more than 3,000 counties throughout the country and, while many of our issues are unique to our local areas, there are broad common threads and policy issues we all face,” Supervisor Todd House said. “This forum gave us an opportunity to learn about some of those major issues, particularly infrastructure, transportation and health and human services issues.”

“I was pleased and surprised that many of the sessions included discussion on forest health and management,” Supervisor Cheryl Chase said. “The recent loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew was fresh on everyone’s mind. County supervisors were also well-informed on wildfire aftermath issues such as the water flow and flooding issues that often follow major fires. I’m hoping we can work together with Washington to address some of these major forest health issues to mitigate risk to our communities.”

House and Chase attended sessions dealing with infrastructure financing, agriculture and rural affairs, environment and land use and more.

A major issue of discussion at the conference was NACo’s efforts to protect the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds. NACo recently released important new research on the risky impact of changes to the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds on counties and their residents. Municipal bonds enable state and local governments to build essential infrastructure projects, such as schools, hospitals and roads.

Policy resolutions adopted at the conference will be posted soon at www.naco.org.

In addition, conference attendees heard from experts and prominent national speakers throughout the four-day conference, including U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.


About Counties
The nation's 3,069 counties are the service arm of government services and provide the building blocks for healthy, resilient and fiscally sound communities. Counties matter because 2,914 counties own a jail or participate in a regional jail and admit nearly 12 million people each year. Counties provide public health services, including flu shots and restaurant inspections through 1,947 health departments. Counties own and maintain 44 percent of America’s roadways and 228,026 bridges and almost one third of the nation’s transit systems and airports. Counties respond to all disasters and, in most cases, without assistance from other levels of governments. Counties run the nation’s polling places to keep our democracy strong. Counties own 964 hospitals and spend $68 billion on health care services annually. View NACo’s Why Counties Matter video production at http://www.naco.org/Counties/countiesdo/Pages/default.aspx.

For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.

Background on municipal bond issue: http://www.naco.org/research/Pages/muni-bonds2.aspx

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