Pandemic Hiring Trends & Valerie’s Top Tips on How to Adapt

Author’s note: I was delighted to interview Valerie Gaeta Phillips as a part of the Municipal Management of Northern California’s ‘Webinar Wednesday’ series in June. Valerie is President of Bob Murray & Associates, a firm that provides executive recruitment services to cities, counties, special districts, nonprofits and other governmental organizations. Valerie and her husband have […]

Is it time to update your Fees?

By Nicole Kissam and Tim Seufert, NBS Local agencies in California have the ability to charge a wide range of user and regulatory fees. Common examples of these include: • Cities or fire districts have fire prevention programs and charge fees for review of planning entitlement applications for conditions of approval, plan check and inspection […]

Special Taxes: Is 2/3 or 50% voter approval needed?

By Tim Seufert The California Constitution requires that special taxes receive 2/3 voter approval for implementation, and this has been the general understanding for decades. Specifically, Proposition 218 requires that special taxes proposed by a council or board receive 2/3 approval for implementation. More recently, however, a court case, the California Cannabis Coalition v. City […]

How to Use Sales Tax Data to Create Results for your Public Agency

Scenario I am a Finance Director/Manager in a City that like others is seeking to maximize revenues from existing businesses and find new revenues to help our city have sufficient revenues to provide quality services to our residents and the community at-large.  Here’s the problem.  The Finance Director/Manager is inundated every day with new reports […]

Marketing Government to Millennials

This post has been syndicated from the Viewoint Cloud blog It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when you start examining the cultural identity of your generation, and how it affects the world around you. As a Millennial, I’ve felt this question most acutely in discussions about the political and professional tendencies of my peers. Recently, these two areas […]