New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: New Milford considers community centers (The News-Times)

ME: Portland’s Park Avenue lane changes get mixed marks (The Forecaster)

MA: Attleboro Redevelopment Authority asks city for cleanup cash (The Sun Chronicle)

NH: Kensington is second N.H. town to ask judge to intervene after selectmen quit (New Hampshire Union Leader)

RI: R.I. teachers get a lesson in trauma’s toll on students (Providence Journal)

VT: Town, solar developer sign off on settlement (Bennington Banner)

National: Parkland: Seven Key Lessons from 2018’s Deadliest Mass Shooting (EMS World)

Background information:

Town of New Milford, CT

City of Portland, ME

City of Attleboro, MA

Town of Kensington, NH

Town of Bennington, VT

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Library Services Idea Starter: Watercolor Collaborative

The Stephenson Memorial Library, Greenfield, NH, sponsor the Greenfield Watercolor Collaborative, in which an informal group of local watercolor artists get together from September through May to paint in the reading room (Wednesdays, 6:00 PM).

An exhibit of their work will be on display at the library in May and June..

Background information:

Stephenson Memorial Library

Town of Greenfield

Wikipedia: Greenfield, New Hampshire

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Reflection Starter from Tom Peters

“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” – Tom Peters

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NLC Issues 2018 City Fiscal Conditions Report

The National League of Cities (NLC) recently released its 2018 City Fiscal Conditions survey, a report reflecting that “slightly more finance officers than last year are optimistic about the fiscal capacity of their cities.” However, according to NLC, the level of optimism is still below recent years. In addition, “tax revenue growth is experiencing a year-over-year slowdown, with the growth in service costs and other expenditures outpacing it. Taken together, the survey results suggest that cities are approaching the limits of fiscal expansion.”

Among the survey’s findings:

  • finance officers from the smallest cities are least likely to report that their cities are better able to meet the fiscal needs of their communities this year over last;
  • general fund expenditures are outpacing revenues, a trend anticipated to continue into next year;
  • cities continue to rely on the same revenue generating actions as they have in the past, namely increasing service fee prices and property tax rates; and
  • employee wages, public safety, and infrastructure are the most common areas for which cities increased spending.

To access a copy of the complete report, please visit:

National League of Cities: City Fiscal Conditions 2018

Media report:

Governing Magazine: NLC Report: Slowing Revenue But Rising Spending Growth (13 SEP 18)

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Economic Development Idea Starter: On-Line Business Directory

The Town of Lisbon, ME, offers an On-Line Business Directory designed to allow residents and visitors the opportunity to search for businesses by category or name of business and to give businesses a chance to provide citizens with information about other special offers, upcoming events, job opportunities and whatever else they want to share.

To access this directory, please visit:

Town of Lisbon: Shop Lisbon

Background information:

Lisbon Department of Economic and Community Development

Town of Lisbon

Wikipedia: Lisbon, Maine

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Reflection Starter from John D. Rockefeller

“Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.” – John D. Rockefeller

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New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: Plainville changes policy to allow volunteer firefighters to serve until age 72 (Record-Journal)

ME: Bangor allows family shelter in residential neighborhood (Bangor Daily News)

MA: Yarmouth again balks at Vineyard Wind pact (Cape Cod Times)

NH: Milford wants another pedestrian bridge; applies for grant (The Cabinet)

RI: Newport schools weigh options for space crunch (Providence Journal)

VT: Anti-panhandling ordinances overturned (Bennington Banner)

National: Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities (National Public Radio)

Background information:

Town of Plainville, CT

City of Bangor, ME

Town of Yarmouth, MA

Town of Milford, NH

Newport, RI, Public Schools

City of Newport, RI

Town of Bennington, VT

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