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August 2012 · Volume 94 · Number 7

Break the Boom and Bust Cycle

This article focuses on how to counter declining property tax revenues. The authors show how communities can discourage land speculation and thereby reduce the distance between the peaks and valleys of land values throughout economic cycles. This technique also helps maximize job creation and housing affordability while minimizing local government costs by reducing sprawl.  
Rick Rybeck and Walt Rybeck, Washington, D.C.
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Features

Resident Engagement Reaps Rewards

How a vital city bridge was built without any local, state, or federal money. 
Evelina Moulder, Washington, D.C.
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Special Report: Ultraland Japan

ICMA International Committee’s study tour found that Japan shows resilience in the face of ultrachallenges. 
Clay Pearson, Novi, Michigan, and Bill Hammon, Alcoa, Tennessee.
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PM's Website This Month Features This Exclusive Article:

Costs Reasonably Borne

This article is adapted from the author’s book, Consumer Government via the Art of Full Disclosure, which offers financial solutions based on the business model of service and goods for a price. 
Doug Ayres, Sedona, Arizona.
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Departments

Ethics Matter!*

What Would You Do? 

On Point

How do you bridge the gap between yourself and an elected official who has a different vision than you do? 

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Commentary*

The Trust Deficit 

Management Minute*

GIS Consortium Provides One Stop for 20+ Localities
Santa Monica Serves as Test Site
Need Some Help with That New Chief Selection? 

Tech Touch*

Innovation Edge

Council Relations*

Short Story*

Don't Let Yourself Get Rattled 





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