Commissioners in Polk County, Fla., approved a 5.5% increase in local property taxes with a 3-2 vote. The revenue is slated to be used for fire stations, ambulances, EMS employee salaries and a government center.
The Grossinger Motors Arena -- owned by the city of Bloomington, Ill., and managed by VenuWorks -- will probably lose about $500,000 per year, Executive Director Lynn Cannon reported to the City Council. City Manager Tim Gleason said selling the building to a private entity or changing management arrangements are options, noting, "I don't think that this community would be satisfied with that response of continuing to lose a half-million dollars just to keep it in operation."
Residents of Mexico City have difficulty getting fresh drinking water, since demand exceeds supply in the city's aquifer and its pipe system is deteriorating. The city's incoming mayor plans to increase the water-system budget by 50% when she takes office Dec. 1.
City commissioners in Tallahassee, Fla., voted this week to hire deputy manager Reese Goad as city manager. Goad has been acting as city manager since October 2017 and has worked for the city for 18 years.
The latest NRPA Park Pulse poll shows 87% of Americans want access to locally grown produce. Farmers markets were valued as "very important" or "extremely important" by a majority of millennials and members of Generation X.
Mark Berlinger, who leads a team at Starkey Park in Pasco County, Fla., takes photos as "Mark the Park Ranger" that are often displayed on the Starkey Park Facebook page. "He's taken an initiative to showcase the wildlife and nature at the park, and this was just another avenue for us to share the beauty of Pasco County," says Alex Fasano of the county Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department.
Lemon Grove, Calif., hopes to build civic pride by encouraging volunteers to spruce up parks. The city will market the program starting next month ahead of a January launch.
Letting go of certain everyday tasks is part of becoming a leader who can focus on bigger-picture priorities, writes Joel Garfinkle. "It's a lot easier to think about bigger goals and a long-term plan when you have other people to discuss with and to challenge your thinking," he writes.
The Warrensburg., Mo., City Council will devise an ordinance to allow for trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats. Advocates contend the process is the most effective, as well as most humane, way to reduce the feral cat population.