Phelps County Treasurer Carol Green was elected on Nov. 19 as president of the Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) at the organization’s 41st annual conference and expo at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.
Headquartered in Jefferson City and governed by a 67-member board of directors, MAC promotes passage of priority bills and monitors other legislation before the General Assembly and Congress to assess its effect on the state’s 114 counties, provides training resources during spring and fall annual meetings, and operates a self-insured workers’ compensation insurance program for county officials and their employees.
The MAC Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Trust, which was founded in 1987, has a membership of 88 counties and 11 related agencies.
Green, who is currently completing her 20th year as Phelps County treasurer, will assume her new position with MAC in January when she presides over the association’s Jan. 16 board meeting in Jefferson City.
Green is no newcomer to the statewide association. She was originally elected to the association’s six-member executive committee in 2011 and has since ascended through the ranks to the presidency.
Prior to that, Green was very active on the MAC board of directors since 2000. She has served as District 16 director numerous times, having been elected by caucus to represent the multi-county area of Phelps, Dent, Crawford, Maries, Gasconade and Osage counties.
She further served several terms as one of four at-large directors who are elected by the entire membership.
Green is also quite active in the association’s Workers’ Comp Trust. She was first elected to its governing board of directors in 2004. She is now second vice chair of the Trust’s board of directors.
Furthermore, in 1997 Missouri was one of five states that banded together and founded County Reinsurance Limited (CRL).
CRL was formed by county associations around the country that operated their own self-insured pools and has since grown to encompass 17 states. Green serves on the national CRL board of directors.
Along with Green, other members of MAC’s six-member policy-making executive committee include President-Elect and Audrain County Clerk Shelley Harvey, Second Vice President and Vernon County Presiding Commissioner Bonnie McCord, Third Vice President and Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf, Treasurer and Callaway County Associate Commissioner Donald “Doc” Kritzer, and Past President and Benton County Assessor Rodger Reedy.
Founded in 1972, the group that elected Green and the others on its executive committee is a non-profit lobbying alliance of more than 1,450 county administrative and elected officials who work to improve local services for Missouri’s taxpayers.
Also at the conference, MAC adopted the following 2013 County Government Platform, which Green and the MAC board will submit to the state Legislature for the upcoming session:
Page 2 of 2 - • Support legislative action to design a complete and integrated plan for upgrading statewide 911 wireless emergency services.
• Support full funding of state mandates on county governments relating to the incarceration of state prisoners, the requirement to maintain accurate property valuation through biennial assessment maintenance efforts, the cost of administering state elections and complying with reform measures, and the requirement to furnish office space and cover certain utility expenses for state public defenders.
• Oppose legislation that would pre-empt a county’s authority to deal with local issues and problems.
• Support the General Assembly’s addressing Missouri’s antiquated tax structure and oppose legislation that erodes the local tax base, especially as it relates to local sales tax collections on Internet and catalog purchases.
• Support a transportation funding package that will address Missouri’s dire infrastructure needs.
• Support legislation to allow additional withholdings from local property tax collections to offset the lack of adequate funding from the state.
• Support legislation establishing a uniform system of crime victim restitution collection that is centralized with the prosecuting attorneys and will generate necessary local revenue to counties through the prosecutors’ discretionary funds.
• Support legislation that reduces costs borne by counties relating to the provision of office space for the Missouri State Public Defender System and that provides a funding stream for the duties placed upon prosecuting attorneys for the collection of outstanding liens for the State Public Defender System that returns income to county general revenue.