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Topic - Municipal Finance Archive

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Getting a Handle on Financial Issues

Getting a Handle on Financial Issues

Many cities are experiencing very painful financial difficulties. Elected city officials grapple with budget challenges nearly every day. But cities are using a number of innovative approaches to address their fiscal problems.

October 2013
Historic Preservation: A Springboard For Economic Development

Historic Preservation: A Springboard For Economic Development

Local agencies are using historic preservation to promote financial vitality.

September 2013
Using Public Resources for Gifts and Charitable Purposes

Using Public Resources for Gifts and Charitable Purposes

Many agencies are finding their spending decisions under increasing scrutiny.

August 2013
City Officials Speak to Budget Cuts

City Officials Speak to Budget Cuts

Local elected officials weigh in on current challenges and priorities.

May 2013
If You Rebuild It They Will Come: How State-Local Partnerships Have Changed the Face of California and Its Cities

If You Rebuild It They Will Come: How State-Local Partnerships Have Changed the Face of California and Its Cities

Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public investment to attract private capital and development that produce much-needed jobs for Californians.

May 2013
Opportunities to Save Pension Costs Through Collective Bargaining After Pension Reform

Opportunities to Save Pension Costs Through Collective Bargaining After Pension Reform

The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 mandates uniform, generally lower benefit formulas for all “new members” of California public agency defined benefit retirement plans.

April 2013
Making Drug Dealers Pay For Law Enforcement

Making Drug Dealers Pay For Law Enforcement

Cities are increasingly using civil actions rather than criminal prosecution to curb illegal drug sales within their borders. Often such actions are taken either under general nuisance laws or the California Drug Abatement Act. However, the California Unfair Competition Law has also been used effectively to curb drug sales and close down businesses where drugs are sold.

February 2013
Perris Reaches Out to Make Sewer System Upgrade Possible

Perris Reaches Out to Make Sewer System Upgrade Possible

How one city overcame significant community resistance.

February 2013
The Impact of Our Crumbling Infrastructure on California’s Economy

The Impact of Our Crumbling Infrastructure on California’s Economy

The state’s goals around reducing greenhouse gas emissions are based on a vision that concentrates growth in urban cores and utilizes transit. To meet these goals, cities must be able to make much-needed infrastructure upgrades and repairs to support this vision.

February 2013
Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to provide quality public services and facilities, though resources to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for overcoming limited resources is to combine forces with other agencies and organizations to leverage expertise, staff time and funding.

February 2013