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February 14, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Reward your employees to maximize productivity
    Rewarding your employees for their hard work is a good way to keep them motivated and create a strong community, writes Jacob Kache. "[T]he most effective rewards programs combine smaller, regular rewards, with bigger, more extravagant rewards at greater intervals," he writes. (2/11)
  • Calif. city manager is asked to do more with added tax money
    The Sacramento, Calif., City Council has asked City Manager John Shirey to revamp his spending plan for $5 million in sales tax revenue, saying his plan to restore services to the Fire Department and pools doesn't go far enough. The money comes from Measure U, which was approved by voters in November and raises the city's sales tax rate by one-half percentage point. The increase is expected to bring in $27 million annually. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/13) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ore. city council raises franchise tax
    The Stayton, Ore., City Council unanimously approved increasing franchise tax on electric bills from 5% to 7%. The average residential bill will go up $2. The increase will make up for decreased property value and lower-than-expected tax money collected on alcohol and tobacco sales. The Stayton Mail (Ore.) (2/12) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Kan. city council sets path toward bike friendliness
    The Topeka, Kan., City Council plans to apply to the Kansas Department of Transportation for a $1.4 million federal grant to cover 80% of the first phase of the Bikeways Master Plan. The plan, meant to make the city more bike friendly, includes almost 35 miles in pilot routes and the Topeka Bikeway System, which will be developed over 15 years. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (2/12) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  ICMA News 
  • 2012 edition of stats book focuses on essentials for local-government managers
    ICMA has released the second edition of "Statistics for Public Administration: Practical Uses for Better Decision Making," an accessible and informative update of the 2010 edition. While this second edition describes research design and basic applied statistics, the book's primary purpose is to demonstrate how statistics can help local-government professionals do their jobs more effectively, rather than help readers master statistical theory. To find out what's new in the second edition, visit
  • Join ICMA's Leonard Matarese and Joseph Pozzo in webinar on fire/EMS innovation
    Does having more paramedics always produce a better outcome? Can emergency medical dispatch create efficiency in fire and emergency medical service delivery? What is the real story behind compressed air foam? Get answers to these questions and a few of your own in an interactive Web conference at 1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. Learn more and register.
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