Public Engagement Predicaments

Most people understand the need for public engagement and support the idea, but often worry if they’re getting it right. Engaging communities in ongoing discussions and during the planning stages [...]

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Development Impact Fees and ADUs

In Spring 2019, the California Senate policy committees decided to put a pause on fee caps as proposed in Senate Bill (SB)13 and SB 4. These two bills would have capped fees on Accessory Dwelling [...]

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Is it Time to Update Your Fees?

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 [...]

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Avoiding Billing System Debacles

Accuracy and Public Accountability Should Be Priorities The accuracy of customer bills sent out by municipal water and sewer agencies is reviewed far less than it probably should be. Particularly [...]

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Recycled Water Pricing Alternatives

A recent analysis by the Commission on State Mandates to deny a test claim brought by a group of water agencies threatens the eligibility of many special districts and other local government agencies.

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