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January 2, 2013
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  • Mich. city council creates fund-balance policy
    The Jackson, Mich., City Council unanimously approved a plan to increase the unassigned fund balance and to establish a formal fund-balance policy. The policy will increase the maximum percentage of budget expenditures allowed in the fund balance to 30% and will set the minimum at 15%. The recommended unassigned fund balance for municipalities is 17%, according to the Government Finance Officers Association. Jackson Citizen Patriot (Mich.) (12/30) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Colo. county's proposed ambulance-code change draws criticism
    The Weld County, Colo., Commission is considering a code change that would leave final decisions on ambulance service to commissioners. The proposal has drawn fire from Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue, which was in negotiations with University of Colorado Health before the commission decided to deny an ambulance license. The change would also establish a tiered-licensing system for ambulance provision. Windsor Beacon (Colo.) (12/27) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Okla. city gathers economic-development feedback online
    The Tulsa, Okla., City Council's FeedBack website has seen more than 300 visitors since it launched Nov. 28. The forum is meant to be like a public hearing and allows users to leave comments or respond to others' comments. "We know that not everyone has the time or the inclination to visit City Hall," Tulsa's planning director said. "There is an audience out there that is willing to participate if we get to them on a format they are comfortable with, and that is online." Tulsa World (Okla.) (12/26) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Calif. city council considers rules for fitness enthusiasts
    In light of resident complaints, the Santa Monica, Calif., City Council is considering restricting use of fitness equipment at Palisades Park, limiting the size of exercise classes and imposing an annual fee on trainers who use the park for group workouts. The city's director of community and cultural services says she has received complaints about exercisers blocking pedestrian paths, making a lot of noise and damaging grass and trees with workout equipment. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/30) Email this Story
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  • Attention, ICMA members and strategic partners! Call for ideas closes Friday!
    Don't miss this opportunity to submit ideas and vote on sessions you would like to see at ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston. Contribute to the sharing of innovative ideas and practical strategies in local-government management and leadership by responding to ICMA's annual conference call for ideas. Submit a session, and vote on ideas that have been submitted! Visit the Call for Ideas website for details.
  • ICMA publishes sixth edition of financial-management classic
    ICMA has released the sixth edition of "Management Policies in Local Government Finance," the latest in the classic ICMA Green Book series. A comprehensive update of the 2004 edition, this version offers managers, chief administrative officers and up-and-coming chief financial officers a thorough grounding in the principles of financial management as well as a review of financial policies and practices used by local governments throughout the U.S. Order at
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