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Clearing blight with code enforcement

Annual database review

Some people make a ritual of spring cleaning. At the Municipal Association, fall is the big cleanup time. Every year in early November, the Association asks municipal clerks to update and verify their city’s information that the Association maintains in its database.
 
The power of partnerships

Elected Officials on-demand training

Rather than waiting for the once-a-year required course offerings, officials can now take select Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government training 24/7. The "Municipal Governance and Policy" course is the latest required course to become available online.
 
Marketplace Fairness Act

Marketplace Fairness Act

The federal Marketplace Fairness Act could come up for debate in the U.S. House of Representatives in early December. . South Carolina is losing $254 million in uncollected sales taxes annually because out-of-state retailers are not required to collect state and local sales tax like our hometown bricks and mortar retailers must do.
 
Get more information about contacting your Congressman.
2013 Local Government Finance Report

2013 Local Government Finance Report

The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office released the 2013 Local Government Finance Report. The LGFR is a summary of the revenues and expenditures by schools, counties and municipalities over the past six years.
 
Making healthy food accessible

Independent contractor or employee?

It is important for local governments to correctly determine whether individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, the city must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. The city does not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors. More