Officials in the city of Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, have approved a trial program that will allow residents to pay their property taxes using cryptocurrency. The city is working in partnership with a cryptocurrency-payment processing company that will accept bitcoin payments, convert them to Canadian dollars and transfer them to the city.
Luzerne County, Pa., is planning to procure a digital communications system for its 911 emergency center intended to support 167 public safety agencies, give comprehensive in-building coverage for four buildings and provide "99.999% reliability" for critical applications. The commission has issued a request for proposals and anticipates a cost of about $20 million.
A Minneapolis program allows businesses within so-called green zones to obtain subsidies for energy-efficient improvements, including HVAC replacements. "Green zones focus on reducing energy costs and adding renewable energy, but the big-picture goal is that we hope we won't need green zones anymore because there is equality across the city," Kelly Muellman, the city's sustainability program coordinator, says.
The city of Selma, Ala., has sold the historic, shuttered St. James Hotel for about $300,000 to Rhaglan Hospitality, which plans to spend more than $3 million converting the property to a Hilton. City Council President Corey Bowie says the property, built in 1837, will spur downtown redevelopment.
Changes to the DeKalb County, Ga., ethics code have been approved by the Georgia Senate and are awaiting the governor's signature. The bill eliminates a provision in the county's ethics code that allows the local Chamber of Commerce, universities and other external groups to nominate ethics board members, in violation of a state law that requires elected officials to appoint ethics board members.
Bill McLeod, a judge in Texas' Harris County, resigned unintentionally when he announced that he intends to run for a state Supreme Court seat. The state's constitution says such a statement is considered an automatic resignation, but county commissioners could let him keep his civil court position pending a special election.
Community members in Pittsburg, Calif., are remembering S. Anthony Donato, who held the position of city manager from 1969 to 1995 and passed away last month at the age of 89. "He had the foresight, strength and will to do what he had to be done for our community and that's his legacy," says former City Clerk Mary Erbez.
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