Residents in Walker County, Ga., will likely see an increase in property tax bills after an audit found that the county is $69.9 million in debt, says county Commissioner Shannon Whitfield. Whitfield plans to meet with the board of assessors to examine how total property values are going to change this year and determine a millage rate increase.
Columbia, Mo., City Manager Mike Matthes is proposing hiring civilians to take over some positions currently held by police officers, freeing them up for duties that require policing power. "We can hire a civilian at half the cost of a police officer," he says.
Changes in climate are contributing to an increase in blue-green algae blooms in recreational freshwater rivers, lakes and streams, write Matt Graul and Becky Tuden of the East Bay Regional Park District in California. Cyanotoxins in such algae pose potential health risks for people and animals.
Pennsylvania teens helped build a trail in a state park and interacted with employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources about career opportunities. The teens were part of the PA Outdoor Corps program.
The Open Space Plan in two Arkansas counties is a voluntary program identifying tracts of land to preserve through land purchases and donations.
The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership has awarded a $400,000 grant to Columbia, Mo., to help pay for expanding a park into a demonstration farm. The plans call for 3 acres of food production, among other features.
New Hampshire is developing new procedures for first responders to protect them from contact with opioids. The Manchester Fire Department has one responder stand back from the rest of the crew to act as a safety officer.
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