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Does the Board Have to Approve This?

August 18, 2011

A frequently asked question if there ever was one. It would be nice if the statutes that govern local government activities were consistent and clear about what specific decisions or activities require governing board approval. No such luck. But there … Read more

Taking (Personal) Advantage of Public Contracts

March 30, 2011

Carolina County has just awarded a contract for uPad tablet computers. Bill Goats, the purchasing officer for Carolina County, is having lunch with his friend in the public works department, Steve Jabs. Bill mentions the contract to Steve. “My daughter … Read more

Selling Seized Property

January 12, 2011

In the course of his law enforcement duties, Police Officer Steve Spielburger has seized a shark’s tooth, a bullwhip, and a bicycle.  While investigating a theft, he also recovered an unusually large egg that no one has claimed.  What should … Read more

Property Disposal Chart

June 16, 2010

Have you ever had questions about which property disposal method local governments can use to sell a piece of government-owned land?  Or have you wondered what steps are required to sell property by upset bid?  Or have you wondered how … Read more