Northampton, Mass., Mayor David Narkewicz has proposed a $96.2 million budget, which might increase by $2.5 million if a cap on property-tax increases is overridden by voters next month. The budget proposal would cut 15 jobs, eliminate school buses and increase fees for sports and school lunches. A cap override would prevent such measures.
The New Orleans City Council is urging Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman to end a practice of jailing people who are suspected by federal immigration officials of being in the country illegally. Councilors want Gusman to explain how he will handle future detention requests, saying the city is spending too much money unnecessarily holding people.
A Philadelphia City Council committee has initially approved adjusting the use and occupancy tax charged to business owners to raise $32 million for schools. Opponents say an increase would hurt businesses and instead recommend raising the liquor tax and charging a cigarette tax.
The Glendale, Calif., City Council has unanimously authorized an initial design for an apartment building with 142 units and commercial space. The building, The Link, is the third large mixed-use structure in the area to receive city approval and is meant to complement a mixed-use project called the Triangle that officials hope will improve the neighborhood.