Auburn, Maine, City Manager Peter Crichton released a proposed budget this week that includes property tax increases that would help fund education, as well as health insurance, social services and raises for city workers. City Councilor James Pross called the budget responsible, noting that the city is losing some state funding.
Officials in Multnomah County, Ore., are considering a $3.2 million spending increase to help address the growing homelessness problem in the region. The proposed budget will include funding for two pilot programs aimed at keeping low-income people in their own homes.
The Nature Conservancy is offering digital tools that could improve forestry management. Offerings include one that helps workers mark trees on a tablet in a more efficient manner than using paint.
The Oak Park, Ill., park district is holding a meeting next week on the master plan for Mills Park, which has received improvements in recent years. The district wants to gauge residential interest.
Stockton, Calif., is using the "Stockton is Home" social media marketing campaign, which centers on a dozen short videos. "You get instant reaction as to how many people are seeing your works," said Tim Daly, who produced the videos with his wife, Barbara.
A community garden started in a vacant New York City lot in 1973 was the template for the hundreds of plots cultivated since. Community gardeners have repeatedly fended off efforts to develop their land.
Members of the Bergen County, N.J., freeholder board plan to release a revised budget that cuts more than $1 million from the plan that county executive James Tedesco proposed last month.
Officials in Franklin County, N.Y., are considering contracting an enforcement agency to improve compliance with occupancy tax collection. While the decision is debated, the county is reaching out to qualifying businesses to educate them on why collecting the so-called "bed tax" is in their interests.
County officials in El Paso County, Colo., are expected to award a contract for unmanned aircraft services as they move ahead with plans to use drones to assist with infrastructure inspections, law enforcement and emergency response.
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