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5/20/2019

Property owners in Nelson, B.C., Canada won't have to face increased property tax rates in the coming year, even though property value assessments have climbed by near-record amounts. Chief financial officer Colin McClure says the city was able to hold property tax rates steady because of an increase in funding from the regional park service.

5/20/2019

A 21-member youth commission is slated to begin serving Washtenaw County, Mich., in the fall. A statement from the county commission said the body's tasks "will include assessing and exploring youth issues in the community through surveys, focus groups, interviews and town hall meetings; analyzing youth issues ... and making recommendations to the board of commissioners to help the county improve its youth services."

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MLive (Michigan)
5/20/2019

A park on the site of the former high school in Kirksville, Mo., will be named for Richard Detweiler, who served on the city council for 11 years prior to his death in January. Detweiler Park will be funded in part by a $10,000 donation from the former councilman's family.

5/17/2019

Three entities -- Sony, Fandango and Eventbrite -- paid a combined $2 million to Chicago in digital services taxes, marking the first time such a levy was successfully collected in a major city. Amazon Prime, Netflix and Spotify are still pursuing legal action against the tax.

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5/17/2019

Bus drivers in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, are getting a new layer of protection on the job as the city adds retractable laminated glass windows to protect drivers from assault by passengers. The city council approved the $11 million project in the wake of several violent incidents at transit facilities last fall.

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The Toronto Star
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5/17/2019

Park officials in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., revealed plans to upgrade the El Chorro Regional Park with new attractions such as an agriculture-themed mini-golf course, a go-kart track and a TopTracer Golf facility. The project's cost is estimated to be close to $1.5 million.

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5/17/2019

Anna Linn has been tapped to serve as interim city manager of California City, Calif., following Robert Stockwell's resignation earlier this week. Stockwell had been on paid leave since April, following performance evaluation-related issues that were not disclosed.

5/16/2019

Greenville, S.C., which requires retention of 20% of city revenue in a reserve fund, anticipates having a surplus next fiscal year. "Having a healthy fund balance avoids having to borrow money for short-term purposes," says interim assistant city manager Matt Efird.

5/16/2019

Wildfires burning near Mexico City have prompted city officials to declare a state of emergency and urge residents to stay indoors as ash and smoke cloud the air. The city is limiting driving in the city while the problem persists.

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Reuters
5/16/2019

The public works department in Kearney, Neb., is upgrading the system that coordinates traffic signals with first responder activity by incorporating GPS technology. The 33 lights included in the project represent roughly half of the city's main intersections.