Officials in Hall County, Ga., and its municipalities are working on a strategy to eliminate redundant taxation and service delivery. Residents of certain cities could see property tax bills decrease once a deal is in place.
Although Albemarle County, Va., is seeing a significant a number of retailers shut their doors, county officials say they aren't worried about the potential financial losses. They believe consumers will continue seeking out boutiques, as well as lifestyle and experience-type locations.
A study on erosion, escarpment-climbing roads and infrastructure in Hamilton, Ontario, recommends doubling the amount spent to avert rockfalls along the roads, as well as spending $9 million on access wall replacement. City authorities are also concerned about the implications of changing weather patterns on erosion and city infrastructure and are looking for academic advice.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order establishing a task force to figure out how to capitalize on recreational opportunities. Vermont's state parks brought in $6.3 million last year.
Several Minneapolis organizations have helped create dozens of Little Free Libraries with children's books at parks and other sites. The wooden boxes are repositories for borrowing or keeping books or to donate.
Connecticut's General Assembly is considering consolidating the Community Investment Act into the general fund, which could affect the preservation of open and historic land, argues Connecticut Preservation Action President Leah Glaser. "Our cities and towns have only investment act funding to protect, preserve, reuse, recycle and revitalize what is left of their best resources," she writes.
A plan to share community and school facilities for youth activities in Rome, Ga., has been proposed by the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation advisory board as a way to curb youth violence.
Volunteers have been working this week to assemble a playground for children of all abilities at Gordon F. Moore Community Park in Alton, Ill. The playground is part of a larger renovation planned for the park.
A playground accessible to all children and adults has opened at Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City, Md., the first such playground in the Maryland Park Service. Equipment includes an open-spaced glider, spinning wheels and open and closed slides.
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