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 […]

2017 is Here! Be Aware of These New Laws and Ordinances

As 2017 kicks off, employers should be aware that a number of new state-wide laws and local ordinances begin taking effect.  In this blog, we highlight just a few that California’s public employers should now be implementing. Seeing Green in Twenty-Seventeen: Minimum Wage Increases for California Employees Regardless of potential changes to Federal wage and […]

New Year, New Minimum Wage

This year has kept many agencies on their toes when it comes to complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act.  This summer, the Ninth Circuit issued its Flores v. City of San Gabriel decision and changed the way many agencies calculate their regular rate of pay.  You can read about Flores here and here. Also in the summer, the federal Department […]