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My name is Anton Karl Neff and I represent District Two on the Owen County Council. Since taking office, I have worked hard to represent the district and Owen County. A conservative approach to budgeting has helped us stay afloat despite continued revenue and expense pressures on local government. Owen County is very fortunate to have little debt and healthy cash balances in many of our funds.  We also have an on-time budgeting and tax process.  With many economic and state regulation pressures, we have to continually monitor our county's budget status.  I support decisions and policies that promote efficiency in government and long-term financial planning.  We always need to find the right balance of providing effective services while maintaining our investment in our county government workforce at an efficient and reasonable cost to our taxpayers.

 

I hope that you find my website useful in finding out more about me and how to contact me. Your suggestions are always welcome. Most important, I want to hear your ideas and concerns regarding Owen County's local government. If I do not have an answer for your question, I will either find an answer or find a resource for you to get an answer. Open communication is very important to me. Thanks for visiting!

 


 

 

Indianapolis, Indiana — The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) announced last week that Owen County Council Member Anton Karl Neff received the 2015 ‘Outstanding County Council Member’ award. This award recognizes his contributions made to county government throughout his years of public service.

 

The AIC presented the award during its annual conference, the state’s largest gathering of county officials. The four-day conference included an array of workshops and breakout sessions designed specifically for county officeholders. Officials met in LaPorte County along with representatives from public agencies and private entities. Conference topics addressed a variety of issues concerning local governments, including: public integrity and government ethics, the future of road funding, the impact of new public construction wage law, internal control systems, and much more. The AIC is a nonprofit organization established in 1957 for the betterment of county government. The various functions of the AIC include lobbying the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of counties, serving as liaison among counties, state and federal agencies as well as providing technical assistance and training to county officials and employees.

 

“This is a huge honor for me. I feel that this is an even greater honor for all of Owen County. The spotlight is truly on us--something positive for Owen County, both within and beyond our boundaries. That makes me proud.” Neff commented.

 

Neff is a 13-year member of the council, recently re-elected to serve a fourth term representing District Two. District Two includes all of Washington Township and the Town of Spencer. Some of the most notable Owen County Government projects of which he has had a major role include: The research, design, and development of a new comprehensive compensation structure for all county government employees; Creating and maintaining social media and Internet resources for sharing local government information; Development of a master road inventory and scoring matrix for the Highway Department to objectively prioritize projects and estimate costs; Assisting the Sheriff’s Department in a budget reorganization which added two additional deputy officers; The partnership with the Town of Spencer to have a unified county-town building and planning department; Twelve years of service as the Council’s appointment to the Owen County Plan Commission, three as President; Encouraging public input, education, and pursuit of additional highway department resources concerning adjustments to the Local Option Highway User Tax (LOHUT); The research, development, and support of Owen County’s Outdoor Emergency Warning System; and, The pursuit of a vehicle rotation for the Owen County Emergency Medical Service and Sheriff’s Department, which eliminated multiple lease-financing agreements and allowed the county to consolidate resources in order to purchase vehicles in full to avoid finance costs.

 

He said, “I have enjoyed working on these projects. Many of them took team work--cooperation among different officials and other entities--to be successful. I am thankful for my fellow elected officials, our staff, and partnering agencies for their hard work and service.”

 

Neff currently serves on the Owen County Council Wages & Salaries Committee, County Commissioners Basement & Storage Committee, and Community Corrections Advisory Board. He is also Council liaison to Highway Department, Circuit Court, Commissioner Court, Drug Court, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, Public Defender Office, Community Corrections, and Probation.

 

He continued, “Although committee and project work keeps me tuned to many departments, nothing compares to the opportunities I have had to be side-by-side with many of our county employees. Whether it is shadowing in an office, riding with our Highway Department during snow removal, or observing with our Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Medical Service, those are all valuable learning experiences. It helps me understand their daily operations and helps me better connect our services with the public.”

 

Neff has made local government contributions beyond Owen County by being active with the Association of Indiana Counties. He has served on their Scholarship Committee and has moderated workshops at their annual conferences. He is currently serving a second annual term on their Legislative Committee. He joins fifteen other county officials on the committee from a variety of positions with a variety of backgrounds. The committee is charged with preparing and presenting the association's legislative platform to the board of directors each fall at their annual conference. Additionally, the committee considers all legislation affecting county government and makes recommendations for action to the board. Legislative issues concern subjects like E 9-1-1 funding, criminal justice reform, the budget review process, economic development, road funding, federal and state mandates, taxes, and assessments. Members will work closely with AIC staff and Indiana State Legislators during the general assembly session.

 

He added, “Many aspects of county government are greatly impacted by what our state legislature does. Work outside of our borders helps give Owen County a ‘seat at the table’ when it comes to providing first-hand examples to our legislators so that they can thoroughly understand how current, proposed, and in-process legislation impacts us. We benefit because I am able to share the latest information concerning these issues first-hand with fellow officials here.”

 

Neff is also currently pursing certification in the AIC’s ‘Institute for Excellence in County Government’, a voluntary continuing education program concerning local government. “Whether the subject is finances, ethics, legislative issues, or human resources, this greatly broadens my knowledge.” he added.

 

With respect to constituent service, Neff commented, “One of the things I enjoy is interaction with the public. I love questions and equally love helping people get answers. Sometimes the questions may not directly pertain to my role as a council member but, I am happy to help find an appropriate contact or resource for folks. I can be reached direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 812-829-4254. My website is www.antonkarlneff.com and the official Facebook Page for sharing local government information is www.facebook.com/OwenCountyCouncilmanAntonKarlNeff.”

 

“Receiving the honor of being named the AIC’s 2015 ‘Outstanding County Council Member’ is the biggest award I have received in my lifetime. I am truly humbled and very appreciative of this. My work in public service is something I simply enjoy doing.” Neff said.

 

 

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