Expanded search capabilities offered by Municipal Code Corporation allow for simultaneous searching through all (or some) codes and ordinances in a given state. This service makes it convenient to find the norm and/or compare one municipality’s zoning laws, for example, with another’s – a tool that can come in handy when developing or revising local ordinances.
Month: February 2006
Proposed Universal Preschool Program in California Sparks Cost? Benefit Debate Among Public Policy Think Tanks
California voters will be asked to approve a $2.4 billion universal preschool initiative on the ballot this June. The Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank group, recently published a policy brief contending that the per-pupil cost of this proposal is too high, and that the state would be better off redistributing funds already designates for preschool programs.
Big Dig Spurs Economic Development in Boston
One of the biggest infrastructure financing deals in the U.S., the “Big Dig” – recently completed after 14 years of construction – is fueling economic development and revitalization in and around Boston. The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority recently released a comprehensive report detailing the impact of the project on the area’s transportation and economy.
Try Your Hand at President for the Day
National Geographic’s “Inside the White House” allows visitors to learn more about the White House, and even try their hand at being President for the day!
Is the South Florida Housing Boom Ending?
A Miami Herald study predicts an end to South Florida’s housing “explosion”. While prices may continue to rise, they will do so at a slower pace than the past few years. One particularly vulnerable sector of the market is condos.
GASB Drafts Requirements for Financial Reporting of Pollution Controls
The Governmental Accouting Standards Board recently released a draft setting forth requirements for financial reporting of pollution control measures. The proposal lists five situations in which a government would need to include accounting for pollution remediation.
Phoenix Prepares for Special Bond Election on March 14
Phoenix will be holding a special election on March 14, when voters will be asked to approve the issuance of bonds to finance citywide improvements. To help voters prepare for the special election, Phoenix has posted an information Election Information page on its web site.
Two Mississippi Cities Consider Historic Merger
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, two Mississippi cities – Bay St. Louis and Waveland – are considering the consolidation of local government serivces. This merger would be the first in the state, which currently carries a law that prohibits this type of union.
Personalized Healthy Eating Guidelines Set Forth by Food Pyramid Web Site
Is “eating healthier” among your resolutions for the new year? Visit MyPyramid.gov for a variety of tools and tips designed to help you make more nutritional food choices. Based on your age, sex and level of physical activity, the site recommends how much...
Striving for Online Excellence – Part 1: Function
Increasing government accountability, educating citizens, and providing financial disclosure are among the key functions of today’s best municipal web sites. This first installment in MuniNet Guide’s “Striving for Online Excellence” three-part series examines these and other objectives of top-notch state, county and local government sites.