Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Margaret Birch, Waterford Township Treasurer, was awarded the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (MMTA) most prestigious honor, the Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence (PRIME) Award.

Margaret received the award at the MMTA 40th Annual Fall Conference held at the DoubleTree Riverfront Downtown Bay City in mid-Michigan on September 25, 2018. The PRIME Award annually recognizes an individual member for outstanding service to his or her profession, community, and the Association. The recipient is selected by their peers within the MMTA.
 

Margaret was elected Treasurer of Waterford Township in 2006, a community of now approximately 73,000 residents. As Treasurer, she is also responsible for payroll and benefits, administrator of two defined benefit pension plans, a Retiree Health Care Trust, a defined contribution plan and a member of the Board of Trustees.

Margaret earned the designation of CPFIM in 2010, and her CPFA was originally awarded in 2011 and renewed in 2016. She earned her MiCPT in 2014. She also wrote and had the Township’s investment policy certified in 2008.

Margaret is a past board member of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada (APT US&C) and has organized many welcome receptions for the Association at its annual conference; she earned a Service Award from the APT US&C in 2015.

Margaret has served on the MMTA board of directors for years, and is the current President.

Margaret is on the Board of Directors for the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization of almost 600 members. She is a strong believer in collaboration and works closely with the Township, Chamber, and the Waterford School District.

Margaret is involved with the Waterford Senior Center, the CAI Golden Age Club, Waterford Historical Society, Waterford Youth Assistance, and Relay for Life. Margaret is also a member of the Waterford Beautification Committee and works with others to enhance her community.

Margaret’s passion is water-skiing the slalom course. She competes on a local, regional, and national level. She lives with her husband, Paul, who supports her in everything she does. Margaret and Paul enjoy dancing, and began taking lessons almost four years ago, which allows them to do something they both enjoy together.

Margaret believes that MMTA provides not only education, but support and camaraderie which exceed any organization she has ever belonged to.

2018 PRIME Award Winner Janel Walmsley 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2018
Attendees at this year's MMTA Fall Conference had the opportunity to participate in a very different networking and team building experience this year: a MMTA Amazing Race.
 
Nearly fifty participants grouped together in teams to follow clues and perform challenges throughout the revitalized downtown district of Bay City during the MMTA annual conference in September. Some challenges were distinctly flavored for public treasury (naming MMTA's national affiliate organization, counting change under pressure), while others were just simply a fun way to get to know their peers in a different light while highlighting the conference theme of "Reaching Further, Together." 
 
We congratulate the winning team of Maria Farris, Teresa Cischke, and Karen Coffman (pictured).
MMTA Amazing Race A Success Janel Walmsley 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2018
The Service Award program was developed in 2010 to recognize MMTA members whose commitments to the Association go beyond the call of duty in promoting and fulfilling our mission: to provide our membership with the tools needed to meet the diverse challenges facing them by offering education, services, continuing professional development and ethical standards. We congratulate our two very deserving 2018 honorees: Marie Sherry and Andrea Boot.
 
The MMTA Board of Directors acknowledges Marie’s commitment and loyalty to our Association through her continued service as active committee member, a presenter and facilitator at educational trainings offered annually, and her 16-year commitment as a member giving of her time and talents. 
Marie is a tremendous asset to MMTA and we stand stronger because of her support and encouragement. Pictured, President Barb Fandell and honoree Marie Sherry.
 
The MMTA Board of Directors acknowledges Andrea’s commitment and loyalty to our Association through her service on the Legislative and Nominating Committees and her 18-year commitment as a member giving of her time and talents in her advocacy of MMTA.  Andrea is a tremendous asset to the Association and we stand stronger because of her support and encouragement.
2018 Service Award Nominees Janel Walmsley 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
All MMTA members are invited to attend the MMTA annual meeting, which is held during Fall Conference on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Noon.  Open MMTA board positions will be elected during the annual meeting, if you're interested, applications are due by Monday, September 10.
2018 Annual Meeting Notice 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2018
On June 27, 2018, Governor Snyder signed into law 2018 Public Act 247 and 2018 Public Act 248. These acts make significant changes to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Act (LCSA Act) and the calculation of personal property tax (PPT) reimbursements. For more information and details regarding the amendments to the LCSA Act, see this document
LCSA Act Changes Janel Malone 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2017
The Globensky family: son Andrew, wife Kate, Award Recipient John Globensky, and daughter Alaina. John Globensky, City of Grand Rapids Treasurer, was awarded the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (MMTA) most prestigious honor, the Professional Recognition In Municipal Excellence (PRIME) Award.
 
John received the award at the MMTA 38th Annual Fall Conference held at the Crystal Mountain Resort in northern Michigan on October 10, 2017. The PRIME Award annually recognizes an individual member for outstanding service to his or her profession, community, and the Association. The recipient is selected by their peers within the MMTA. Eight members were nominated for this year’s award from MMTA’s 900 members.
 
 
2017 MMTA PRIME Award Recipient Announced Janel Malone 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2017
In 2010, the MMTA Board of Directors developed the Service Award to recognize MMTA members whose commitments to the Association go beyond the call of duty and promote our mission to provide our membership with the tools needed to meet the diverse challenges facing them by offering education, services, continuing professional development and ethical standards. We congratulate our three very deserving 2017 honorees: Paul Linn, Linda Poole, and Lorraine Jackman. 
Photos: Annge Horning presenting Paul Linn his award; Barb Fandell presenting Lorraine Jackman with her award at the 2017 Fall Conference.
2017 Service Award Honorees Janel Malone 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 05, 2017
We are pleased to announce that MMTA has signed a long term contract with Dovetail Solutions, Inc., (DSI) to be our Association Manager. DSI has coordinated the last two years of Institute for us as well as Winter Workshop and day seminars this past year. We look forward to working with them in this expanded capacity and are excited that their addition will provide our organization with the ability to better serve our membership and allow for growth opportunities for current and prospective members.
 
MMTA Adds Association Managers Janel Malone 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
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The application for the Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer certification is available here. If you plan on completing the third year of the Basic Institute in 2018, if you finished Basic in prior years and never applied for certification, or if your certification expires this year, you must complete this form to become a MiCPT. NOTE: the application deadline is June 1st of each year.
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The City of Grand Haven has conducted a survey of water and sewer rates and has graciously shared the results with the MMTA.  More than 130 local units participated in the study!  The Excel spreadsheet tallies the results, provides contact information for participants, and includes basic graphics and other related information.

Grand Haven's purpose was not to perform a formal rate study including financial and engineering perspectives.  They were simply trying to answer the question: "How much does our "average customer" pay per month versus other Michigan communities?"

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