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Let’s Talk Municipal Finance - Tax Anticipation Notes and Bond Anticipation Notes

by PretiFlaherty on

In this installment of the Let's Talk Municipal Finance series, I will discuss two short-term alternatives to the issuance of long-term bonds for municipalities to access needed funds. These alternatives have a shorter...more

Proposed Tax Reform Legislation Would Increase Financing Costs for Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), and while much of the national media has focused on its impact on corporate and individual tax rates and deductions, the bill also...more

Attorney General: Municipalities May Lose Hundreds of Millions in Federal Grant Over Local Immigration Policies. DOJ Sets December...

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to 29 local governments considered “sanctuary cities,” warning of a December 8, 2017, deadline to end policies that prevent information-sharing between local...more

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute - City of Lafayette Represented by Partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian successfully represented the City of Lafayette in a dispute with homeowners over their proposed home building plan. In a fight that centered on maintaining...more

Social Media & Municipalities: A Roundtable with SmithAmundsen’s Municipal Attorneys

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In our digital evolving age, social media platforms create a multitude of opportunities to engage the citizenry. They also create a minefield of dangers for municipalities to avoid. Moderator, Julie Proscia, led a...more

Maine Superior Court Upholds Refusal to Honor Citizens’ Petition

by PretiFlaherty on

The Town of Brunswick recently prevailed in a case regarding the Town Council’s decision to sell a waterfront property that had been acquired through tax foreclosure. The plaintiffs, several citizens, had presented a petition...more

PPP Canada Phased Out Pending Launch of Canada Infrastructure Bank

by Nossaman LLP on

The Canadian government is taking a new approach to P3s. By the end of 2017, PPP Canada will have ceased operations, and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (the “CIB”) will be launched....more

Town of Chelmsford, et al. v. Newport Materials, LLC, et al

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Town of Chelmsford, et al. v. Newport Materials, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 1681CV03455 (Mass. Super. Ct. Sept. 6, 2017), the Town of Chelmsford appealed a Westford Planning Board (“Board”) decision granting Newport Materials,...more

When Is A Park Constitutionally Protected Parkland? Mass. SJC Re-Examines Test Under Article 97

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a decision of interest to municipalities, conservation groups, and land use experts, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently decided that a public playground in the City of Westfield is parkland protected...more

Miami Voters Approve "Sea Level Rise" Bond Initiative

Yesterday, Miami voters approved a $400 million dollar general obligation bond initiative with nearly half of the bond money ($192 million) going toward infrastructure projects to specifically, “Reduce Flooding Risks; Improve...more

Changing status of EU local authorities under MiFID II

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Asset managers located inside and outside the European Union (“EU”) should be aware of the changing regulatory status of EU local authorities, and their pension funds, under the next iteration of the Markets in Financial...more

New Vacation Rental Regulations Coming to Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County recently passed a new ordinance targeting vacation rentals, which would affect hundreds of active short-term rental properties including those listed on the popular websites AirBnB, HomeAway, and VRBO. This...more

British Columbia Takes Action to Reform Municipal Campaign Finance

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Further to our article of October 10, 2017, we note that on October 30, 2017, the government of British Columbia introduced amendments to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act that will change municipal campaign...more

Will Illinois Ban Salary History Inquiries? Hang on for a Bumpy Override!

by Littler on

As the 2017 legislative session closed in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed several measures relating to labor and employment issues. He rejected a statewide minimum wage increase, for example, as well as a ban on salary...more

Federal Oversight of Zoning within the Fire Island National Seashore

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Fire Island is a 32-mile long, slender barrier sand bar island located between the Atlantic Ocean and the South Shore of Long Island. The island, which varies in width from as little as about 550 feet to not more than about...more

9th Edition Massachusetts State Building Code Approved With Concurrency Period

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The long-awaited 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards and filed with the Secretary of State, to become effective on...more

Superior Court Decision Raises the Bar For Municipalities Seeking to Challenge Special Permits And Other Zoning Actions Taken By...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Superior Court has ruled that a municipality lacks standing to challenge a special permit issued by a neighboring town when the alleged harm is “too speculative and remote to qualify them as ‘aggrieved...more

Zoning-Immune Government Building Retains Its Protected Status Upon Transfer to Private Party

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently clarified whether formerly zoning-immune government buildings continue to considered lawfully noncompliant with local zoning when that immunity is terminated. In Gund v. Planning Bd....more

Union of B.C. Municipalities Push for Campaign Finance and Lobbying Reform

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) held their annual convention between September 25 and September 28, 2017, discussing several policies and reforms, including election and lobbying reform at the municipal...more

Court Supports Expansive View of What Constitutes Religious Use

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Courts have recently expanded what constitutes religious conduct. In particular, in Matter of Sullivan v. Board of Zoning Appeals of City of Albany, 144 A.D. 3d 1480 (3d Dep’t 2016), an appellate court ruled that the use of a...more

Fall 2017 Municipal Revaluations in Connecticut

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Approximately 20 percent of Connecticut municipalities plan to conduct revaluations effective October 1, 2017. For those with commercial real property located in a revaluing community, you should know that a representative...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That A Motion To Dismiss Based On An Arbitration Clause Is Not A Challenge To The Court’s Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

A municipality sued the company that constructed its water treatment facility, in connection with contaminants found in the water supply. The parties had entered into a series of agreements which contained choice of law and...more

City of Birmingham Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance, Creates Human Rights Commission

On September 26, 2017, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that makes it a crime for any entity doing business in the city to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender...more

SEC Continues Public Finance Enforcement Agenda Two Recent Cases Filed

Just in the last weeks of August, the Public Finance Abuse Unit of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settlements of securities fraud actions involving a city, an underwriter, a...more

City of Newton’s Drone Ordinance Overturned by Federal Judge

Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality...more

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