Slumping sales tax revenue caused by pandemic-related closures has prompted administrators in Hamilton County, Ohio, to consider lowering tax rebates linked since 1996 to construction of the Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says he is hopeful revenue will bounce back once a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, allowing the county to reinstate higher property tax rebates.
Third-party restaurant delivery services in Chicago will be required to limit delivery fees to a maximum of 15% of the total bill effective immediately, under an ordinance approved unanimously by City Council members this week. Officials are trying to deter price gouging and help restaurants weather the pandemic by implementing the cap.
Mayors from London; Los Angeles; Mexico City; Tokyo; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Barcelona, Spain held a virtual press event this week to highlight their cities' efforts to address gender issues exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. Los Angeles is requiring all municipal departments to create action plans to tackle gender inequality, Mexico City is offering victims of domestic abuse free legal support and Freetown has launched a free child care program for market traders.
City Manager Joe Duff of Gaylord, Mich., is looking back fondly on his time and achievements as he prepares to hand over the reins to City Clerk Kim Awrey on Jan. 1. Duff also has served Mattawan and Mackinaw City in Michigan, along with Archbold, Ohio.
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Rowan University and The Nature Conservancy have developed an online mapping tool of open spaces in Camden, N.J., with grant funding. The map highlights areas that could use more green space and vacant spaces that could be turned into parks.
Coral Gables, Fla., is combining technology with parks through the Magical Park app, which gives children fantasy-based games and activities to do outside at a local field. The city is the first in the US to introduce the app.
Pope Francis' leadership style has been one of openness, inclusiveness, pragmatism and compassion, according to a book by Jeffrey Krames. "While these 12 leadership lessons are not definitive in scope, they do serve as a solid foundation for aspiring and existing leaders, regardless of field of work, to improve how they interact with and lead others," writes Jim Taggart in this review.
Camden County, Ga., Sheriff's Office personnel check in with residents who are isolated or have other needs to ensure they have support and supplies. The county's "Are You OK?" program sends a police officer or sheriff's deputy to check on residents who don't answer daily scheduled calls from dispatchers.
Deputy Minister of Education for Alberta Andre Corbould has been selected by officials in Edmonton, Alberta, to be the city's next manager. "Over the course of my career, I have learned firsthand what a privilege it is to serve people and communities, both in good times and when challenges arise," says Corbould, who served in the Canadian Armed Forces before beginning his career with the provincial government.
People who live outside Pennsylvania will have to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of entering the state or quarantine for 14 days before visiting a state park or forest, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Violators can be fined.
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