Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership, Featured, Insights / January 6, 2023

Most people have always enjoyed their parks. However, it took the recent pandemic for many folks to realize how valuable they are, above basic enjoyment. Most would agree today that they are an essential service for a well-functioning society. Various agencies have even made such proclamations over the past couple…

Thought Leadership, Featured, Insights / September 11, 2022

Originally published in the Journal AWWA in 2018. Introduction Numerous recent lawsuits concerning water rate designs underscore the importance of addressing fairness and equity in water rates, and social justice has become a more common component of this discussion. Although social justice means different things to different people, for water…

Featured, Thought Leadership, Research Article, Insights / April 22, 2022

As we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, the Water Tiger to be more specific, we hope for success and good fortune! Let’s hope it brings a solid recovery to all our communities. Business Improvement Districts (BIDs, PBIDs, CBDs, TIDs, etc.) in many communities can support fiscal recovery and positive…

Thought Leadership, Featured, Research Article, Insights / April 22, 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, local agencies in the Golden State are required to allow the separate sale or conveyance of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) under certain circumstances as a result of the passage of Assembly Bill 345. In addition, Senate Bill 9 became effective January 1 also, which requires all…

Featured, Thought Leadership, Research Article, Insights / April 22, 2022

Parcel taxes are used for a variety of reasons in many communities. There has been confusion in the past as to whether religious organizations are subject to certain types of these non-ad valorem (i.e., not value-based) property taxes. This confusion stems from the fact that religious organizations are generally exempt…

Thought Leadership, Featured, Research Article, Insights / December 23, 2021

By Joe Colgan, Impact Fee Specialist, and Nicole Kissam, Director In September of 2021, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 602 and the Governor signed it into law. AB 602 creates some new requirements for impact fees that will go into effect in 2022. Specifically, the new law amends…

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