Municipal Finance

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Municipal Finance

Article Features by Brian Haddix

Small Cities Fund Public Works Infrastructure Projects With Clean Energy Savings

How can a city shift its power supply to clean energy, create jobs, complete projects on its deferred maintenance list and improve its bond rating — without raising taxes or local water and sewer utility rates? Two small cities offer a model.

Article Features

Exceptional Efforts: Local Streets and Roads Awards Recognize Innovation

The awards program honors counties and cities throughout California for creative and cost-effective projects that improve local streets, roads and bridges. It also showcases projects that promote fiscal and environmental sustainability in the local transportation system.

Article Features by Scott Summerfield

Communicating During a Cyberattack: The Next Crisis Frontier for Cities

Local agencies are a favorite target for cyberattacks. Plan now for what can happen if a cyberattacker seizes control of your city’s data and systems.

Article President’s Message by Jan Arbuckle

Broadband Deployment, Public Safety and Defending Local Control

It is unreasonable and unacceptable for the telecom industry to expect it can override the legitimate concerns and best interests of our residents and cities.

Article Legal Notes by Joaquin Vazquez

Safe Sidewalk Vending Act Curbs Local Regulations: What You Need to Know

This new law affects cities in several significant ways.

Article Features by David Graham

Innovative by Necessity: Lessons from Modestly Sized Cities

A chief information officer describes how lessons learned from modestly sized cities can apply to cities of all sizes.

Article Features by Larry J. Kosmont

Opportunity Zones: Is Your City Ready?

Over 100 opportunity funds with more than $23 billion are searching for investment-worthy projects of all types.

Article Features by Dan Carrigg

City Economic Development in 2019: Resources, Options and Prospects

Resources are available  for those with  the determination to understand and use the new tools and funding options.

Article Executive Director's Message by Carolyn Coleman

Cities Adapt as Tools for Economic Development Evolve

City leaders are pursuing new and innovative ways to enhance their community’s economic well-being.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government by Hanna Stelmakhovych

Preparing for the 2020 Census: What Cities Need to Know

The census drives important funding for city programs. California cities can play an active role in helping to make the 2020 census fair and accurate.

Patterson’s HOST House Tackles Homelessness

The city financed a transitional residence for its homeless population.

Porterville Provides Clean, Sustainable Water After Neighbors’ Wells Fail

The East Porterville Water Supply Project offers a model for helping to meet the clean and sustainable drinking water needs of disadvantaged communities.

Article Features by Alison Leary

Courtroom Clashes Seek to Elevate City and Citizens’ Rights Over Telecom Company Profits

Residents and local communities have numerous concerns related to the telecom industry’s efforts to preempt local control.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government By Kim Danko

Desalination’s Potential for California’s Water Supply

Although less than half a dozen desalination plants currently exist in the state, the idea is gaining momentum and greater support at the state level.

Article Features by Michael Coleman and Michael G. Colantuono

Hot Topics in California Municipal Finance

The next recession may be just around the corner, but the state is much better positioned to weather it — and that bodes well for local governments. Hot topics include sales tax and more.

Article Features by Melissa Kuehne

Finance Advisory Committees: Tips and Traps

Melissa Kuehne is communications and development manager for the Institute for Local Government; she can be reached at mkuehne@ca-ilg.org.

Article Features by Lynnette Kelly

Learn About California’s Municipal Bonds With EMMA

Lynnette Kelly is president and CEO of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and can be reached at thamlin@msrb.org.

Article News from the Institute for the Local Government by Melissa Kuehne

Tools to Engage Your Community in the Budgeting Process

Sharing the city’s budget information with the community helps residents understand constraints and develop informed opinions on how limited financial resources should be allocated.