How Can Citizens Participate in Local Government?

How Can Citizens Participate in Local Government?

Local governments are fortunate to have many citizens who volunteer their time and abilities to assist governments in delivering programs and essential government services. Volunteers save governments millions of dollars annually reducing the cost of services that governments provide because volunteers enable government to get more for each tax dollar collected.

Not only does government benefit through volunteers’ efforts, so do the volunteers. Volunteering results in new friendships and contacts, allows people to satisfy talents and abilities, helps develop new skills, and gives volunteers a sense …

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Current Government Employment Statistics – June 2015

Current Government Employment Statistics – June 2015

The latest employments statistics report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed government employment remained unchanged in June 2015, with little change at the federal, state, and local levels. Government employment has changed little over the past 12 months, with 55,000 government jobs added or an increase of 0.3 percent. In contrast, private sector employment rose by 2.5 percent during the same period.

Looking at overall employment activity, nonfarm employment increased by 223,000 in June. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services, healthcare, …

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State and Local Government Hiring Picks Up

State and Local Government Hiring Picks Up

For the second year in a row, state and local governments are reporting an increase in hiring. Pressure on benefits continues, with employees taking on greater shares of health care costs and contributions to pensions. As a large portion of the workforce becomes eligible for retirement, there is a greater sense of urgency about recruitment, retention, and succession planning.

“State and Local Government Workforce:  2015 Trends” [pdf] is an annual survey conducted in March/April 2015 by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, …

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Government Resume Samples Center

Government Resume Samples Center

Need some help with your government resume but don’t know where to begin? GovtJobs.com new Government Resume Sample Center contains templates to get started.

Government resume samples for state and local government jobs. Public sector resumes for positions in city, county, and state governments.

There are many styles and formats that exist for a government resume. You should select the style and format that fits the position you are applying for.

City Manager Resume Sample

City Manager resume sample for state and local government job opportunities.

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Unique Government Jobs: Horticulture Jobs

Unique Government Jobs: Horticulture Jobs

Public sector jobs are not synonymous with sitting in an office. There are positions in the public sector where employees rarely step foot inside an office. An Horticulturist holds one of those positions.

Horticulturist are people who have advanced knowledge of flowers, trees, shrubs and grass. Often they cultivate and maintain gardens. In the public sector they may be responsible for the layout and vegetation of city parks, or ensuring that city trees are healthy and free of blights.

Since Horticulture is a science, a degree in …

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Cloudy Forecast For State and Local Governments Jobs

Cloudy Forecast For State and Local Governments Jobs

Seven years after the start of the Great Recession, State and local government employment is still below the levels reported in December 2007, the first month of the Great Recession, a report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government concluded.

Both state government and local government employment showed very weak growth. State and local government employment accounts for approximately 14 percent of total employment in the U.S.

Overall, local government employment is about two to three times as large as state government employment in most states, and it accounts for the largest …

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State and Local Government Finance Outlook – Census of Governments

State and Local Government Finance Outlook – Census of Governments

The U.S. Census Bureau Report on State and Local Government Finances provides information on the structure, function, finances, and employment of over 90,000 state and local governments.

The report uses data on state and local government finances based on information collected from the 2007 and 2012 Census of Governments: Finance—Surveys
of State and Local Government Finances.

From 2007 to 2012, two major contributors to the decline in total revenues for state and local governments were employee retirement revenue, dropping 67.7 percent, from $533.3 billion to $172.0 billion, and …

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Why do you need building permits?

Why do you need building permits?

Building codes and ordinances are enacted when necessary to ensure good, safe buildings. Permits are the vehicles which the local government uses to inspect all construction work as it progresses.

The property owner and the contractor are jointly responsible for obtaining the proper permits, although the action application can be delegated to the contractor.

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Typically the city’s Department of Economic Development, through its Building Division, is responsible for permitting all construction and conducting inspection of the …

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Local Governments Shift Policy as Healthcare Costs Increase

Local Governments Shift Policy as Healthcare Costs Increase

Although health care costs have slowed recently, rising costs over the last decade have prompted many local governments to make changes to their plans and strategies, according to a new nationwide survey released today by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

Top cost drivers of local government health care increases cited by respondents were:

increased claim costs (64 percent)
prescription drugs (57 percent)
an aging workforce (46 percent)
insurance company price increases (45 percent)
federal health care policy (45 percent).

Fifty-seven (57) percent of respondents increased cost sharing of premiums …

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How Do City Zoning Ordinances Affect Properties?

How Do City Zoning Ordinances Affect Properties?

A city must have a blueprint to locate streets, parks and business and residential areas. Zoning is the city’s tool that allows various land uses, promotes orderly growth and protects existing property owners by ensuring a convenient, attractive community.

The authority to zone property comes from state law. The city zones property within the city limits into residential, commercial, industrial and special-use districts.

Specific zoning categories are detailed in the city’s zoning ordinance. Up-to-date maps and current information on zoning classifications are available to the public at …

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