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The Advocate: New Orleans voters approve tax hike for firefighters, renew drainage tax

Originally published Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Orleans voters on Saturday approved a property tax increase to fund a $75 million settlement with firefighters, meaning the city will be able to implement a deal putting to rest decades-old issues over back pay and pensions for Fire Department personnel. The voters also extended a millage that funds much of the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage budget.

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Patch: Milton Prepares to Carry Out Will of Voters

Originally published Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Now that the citizens have spoken, the city of Milton is preparing for the next move in its bid to protect greenspace from development. City voters during the Nov. 8 general election overwhelmingly approved the proposed greenspace bond referendum.

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Patch: Voters Backing Parks Bond

Originally published Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It appears the city of Johns Creek is on its way to approving a referendum that would expand its offering of parks and green space. If those numbers hold steady, the bond would provide for an amount up to $40 million that will be specifically used for the development of new and existing parks and for acquisition of additional parks and green space.

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Pocono Record: $2 million preservation fund approved

Originally published Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Smithfield Township voters approved a $2 million water quality, forest and wildlife habitat fund. The fund will allow township supervisors to acquire land from willing sellers for environmental conservation and drinking water preservation.

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The Gainesville Sun: Editorial: Cheers and jeers

Originally published Friday, November 11, 2016

And in Alachua County, as we’re previously noted, voters made the right decisions in passing…the Wild Spaces & Public Places initiative that funds land conservation, parks and recreation facilities.

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Star Tribune: Minneapolis approves 20-year, $800 million park and road deal

Originally published Friday, April 29, 2016

A momentous $800 million deal to breath new life into Minneapolis’ crumbling roads and parks received enthusiastic and unanimous approval Friday by the City Council.

The plan would pump about $22 million a year into new street repairs, and $11 million into park renovations and maintenance — adjusted annually for inflation. It will be paid for largely through issuing debt and raising property taxes.

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Journal-News: Butler County parks, mental health levies pass

Originally published Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“The funding will be used to keep the parks open, clean and safe,” said Kelly Barkley, MetroParks senior manager of community relations. “In addition, when the parks are open, they are a real asset to the county.”

The Butler County Visitors Bureau estimated that the events at MetroParks facilities provide a direct economic impact of nearly $4 million and about $13 million in overall economic impact to the county.

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