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New rule changes how financial statements look

Some governmental entities will appear to be in the red.

May 22, 2015
A new accounting rule issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board that takes effect this June, known as GASB 68, will have an impact on local governments’ financial statements — and could make some of them appear in bad financial shape, when the opposite is true. Read More

In the dark with MET towers

A state commission wants Michigan law changed regarding wind test towers.

May 22, 2015
The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is pushing for legislation to amend the 1959 Tall Structure Act to enable state officials to know just where existing meteorological evaluation towers are in Michigan, and require them to be more visible to aircraft. Read More

GE Aviation supports Ex-Im Bank

The federal agency will expire July 1 if Congress does not renew it.

May 22, 2015
A West Michigan GE Aviation executive has expressed grave concern about the potential demise of the federal government’s Export-Import Bank, created as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal to help American businesses sell their goods and services abroad. Read More

GR and Kent County in new statewide collaboration

Their new financial management software will come from “the cloud.”

May 22, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids and Kent County government are the first local governments in Michigan to contract for new financial management software available on “the cloud” to members of the non-profit Michigan Municipal Services Authority. Read More

Law firm wins property tax case against township

May 20, 2015
Principal residence exemptions are attracting greater scrutiny according to three Grand Rapids-based attorneys who recently helped a client secure an exemption after her initial request was denied. Read More

Grand Rapids upgrades eight parks

May 18, 2015
Construction is beginning this week to improve eight Grand Rapids parks. Read More

Government sales for newbies

May 18, 2015
Government audiences represent a lucrative potential sales target. Read More

Kent Dispatch Authority mulling consolidation of operations

There is also an issue the legislature must deal with regarding 911 surcharges.

May 15, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Kent County Board of Commissioners has received an update from the Kent County Dispatch Authority that included urging consideration of consolidating all emergency dispatch operations in Kent County under the Authority. Read More

City’s budget process to reduce losses remains on track

May 15, 2015
One point about the fiscal year 2016 preliminary budget businesses and residents will probably be happy to hear is there will be no significant changes to service fees. Read More

DDA proposes $9.7M budget

May 15, 2015
As part of the $9.7 million Downtown Development Authority budget proposed last week, Grand Rapidians could see makeovers of at least four underpasses, the conversion of part of Ionia Avenue NW to a bike-friendly street, and more green spaces. Read More