The President’s View (November 2015)
Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

November . . . the month we express our thankfulness for our many blessings, show gratitude and celebrate those that made and make sacrifices for our freedom and our country. Really, it should be daily, but we celebrate it in November.

President John F. Kennedy said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

I would like to take a moment to stop and say a big thank you to all of our Veterans. We can never express the depth of our gratitude for your sacrifice to serve this country honorably during war and peacetime. We hon-or you for your strength and courage and pray for your safekeeping.

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FAQs About Retirement & Health Care Workshops Well Attended
Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

Two regional workshops sponsored by the WV Association of Counties provided an information-filled day on retirement and reporting for the Affordable Care Act. Terasa Miller, Deputy Director of the WV Consolidated Public Retirement Board (CPRB), covered details of the new Tier II Public Employees Retirement System, emphasizing that the policy changes reflected in the legislation were not initiated by the CPRB. Major changes for new hires after July 1st, 2015 include how military service is credited, change in vesting period from 5 years to 10 years, elimination of “Rule of 80” for retirement, and elimination of use of accrued sick leave for service credit towards retirement. These changes affect only those who are hired on or after July 1st, 2015 who have never participated in PERS. Even if a newly hired employee was a PERS participant for only a short time, that employee is eligible to re-enroll in the traditional or Tier I PERS. “It is very important to give new hires the correct retirement brochure,” explained Miller, noting that Tier II employees should be given only the Tier II brochure so there is no confusion about their pension benefits.

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Direct To You (October 2015)
Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00

October 20th marked my 18th year with the WV Association of Counties!. It is a rewarding job when you look at what has been accomplished, but I’ll be honest that it’s not always easy to work for 444 elected officials! Our recent WVACo Board of Directors meeting provides several examples of collaboration that result in good things for West Virginia. We are working with Dr. Rahul Gupta as he studies the challenges of WV’s public health system. We are an integral part of Try This WV, a movement that is making a difference in the healthy choices available to our counties’ citizens. Our videos produced in collaboration with Tourism Commissioner Amy Schuler Goodwin feature courthouses along with other tourist attractions in every county. The WV Alzheimer’s Association is looking to us for assistance in relaying information about their new grant program that will provide funds for dementia outreach in communities. We have helped to build the Community Leadership Academy which we co-sponsor with WVU Extension Service into an outstanding program that’s grown from 50 attendees to nearly 200. In another project with WVU Extension, we have just recognized our 4th annual Summer Steps County Challenge winner, Taylor County. And all this is happening just this year alone! We now have our legislative priorities to compile for our annual collaborative effort (when all goes well) with the WV Legislature. As I begin my 19th year, I want to thank the many county officials who give of their time to govern this organization and participate in our endeavors.

Patti

 
PEIA Public Hearings
Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00

Information on the PEIA Changes for Non-State Entities - many thanks to Putnam County Administrator Brian Donat for his service as the Non-State representative to the PEIA Finance Board, pursuant to legislation initiated by the WV Association of Counties:

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Ethics Commission Issues Advisory Opinion 2015-11 on August 6, 2015
Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00

By Jack McClung

An elected state official requested an Advisory Opinion on the following questions:

1. An opinion concerning the use of his/her picture or likeness on his/her website and on educational materials developed by him/her to inform the public concerning areas of the law over which his/her office has regulatory or statutory authority. The materials were paid for by a national non-profit institution which promotes educational endeavors and provides similar materials to other public entities. No public funds were utilized to create or print the educational materials.

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