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Property Tax Postponement Program Helps Seniors and People With Disabilities Remain in Their Homes

Property Tax Postponement Program Helps Seniors and People With Disabilities Remain in Their Homes

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation in September 2014 bringing a successful property tax postponement program back to communities throughout California. Assembly Bill (AB) 2231 (Chapter 703, Statutes of 2014) reinstates and revises the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program, which enables qualified Californians living on fixed incomes to remain in their homes and defer payment of all — or a portion of — the property taxes on their residence.

April 2015
Beyond Books: Leveraging Resources for Library Programs

Beyond Books: Leveraging Resources for Library Programs

An International City/County Management Association report, Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library: A Report on the Innovative Ways Public Libraries Are Addressing Community Priorities, offers food for thought on the ways libraries are serving as a new type of town square and connecting people with information, services and each other.

April 2015

New Study Reveals Nearly $7.3 Billion Needed Annually to Make Streets and Roads Safe

In 10 years it is expected that, without greater investment, 25 percent of local streets and roads will be ranked “poor” — compared with 6 percent today. The local system will have an estimated $78.3 billion funding shortfall in the next decade.

February 2015
Grappling With the Challenges of Transportation Infrastructure Financing

Grappling With the Challenges of Transportation Infrastructure Financing

California’s local streets and roads network is currently funded through a variety of sources including the state gas tax, federal transportation funds, local tax and bond measures, and local General Funds. Because funding sources have not kept pace with inflation, we face an ongoing annual deficit of more than $7 billion in the area of streets and roads.

February 2015
League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

League Sets 2015 Strategic Direction in Leadership Workshop

A senior leadership meeting of city officials from throughout the state used a dynamic, inclusive goalsetting process that built on the success of prior years and charted some new directions as well. The League leaders adopted four strategic goals for 2015, suggesting a new focus on the regulatory impacts of state government actions as well as updating the local government revenue structure.

January 2015
2014 Legislative Year in Review

2014 Legislative Year in Review

League actions in 2014 included sponsoring and supporting legislation on infrastructure, economic development and the redevelopment dissolution process. Other efforts focused on improving the regulatory framework for medical marijuana and restoring local control over massage establishments.

January 2015
Electronic Transparency and Open Data: A Movement Worth Joining

Electronic Transparency and Open Data: A Movement Worth Joining

Taking information that local agencies already have and making it open to the public reduces in-house costs and builds efficiencies for both staff and constituents. In the past the public typically had to request this data through a public records request, which could take days or weeks to produce results. Cities can now share that data online proactively and let others analyze and use it in various ways.

December 2014
On the Record

On the Record

December 2014
League Provides Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic Tool

League Provides Municipal Financial Health Diagnostic Tool

California’s economy is improving, and local revenues are picking up. But fiscal challenges remain, especially in the area of escalating costs. More cities are heading into financial peril. This new tool helps a city identify areas of fiscal concern that should be addressed to avert fiscal crisis.

November 2014
Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

Vallejo’s Participatory Budgeting Builds Public Involvement, Generates Results

The process gives residents a voice in spending decisions.

November 2014
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