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October 21 , 2016


Despite improved fiscal stability for day-to-day operations, local budgets continue to confront mounting challenges such as infrastructure and employee-and retiree- related costs, matched with inequitable recovery in local housing and labor markets threaten long-term fiscal sustainability. These issues are particularly important given that city revenues have not fully recovered from the great recession.

As a result, many municipalities may be operating with suppressed revenues when and if another recession occurs in the coming years.

NLC's latest report which can be found HERE, provides a fiscal snapshot of cities based on a survey of city finance officers from across the nation about revenues and expenditures as well as policy actions and priorities. The official report release event took place in Washington, D.C. on October 13.



Ohio Municipal League and Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association General Counsel Garry Hunter has been recertified as a local government fellow. With this recertification, Garry will be a local government fellow for twenty years. There are fewer than 125 Local Government fellows in the United States and Canada. The prestigious IMLA Local Government Fellows Program was established to recognize attorneys as legal specialists in the field of local government law and to encourage attorney proficiency and competency in the local government legal field.

To be designated a Local Government Fellow, the applicant must have been engaged in the practice of law in the United States or Canada. The applicant must demonstrate substantial involvement in the practice of local government law during the three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application. Substantial involvement means the applicant has devoted 40 percent or more of the applicant’s practice to matters in which issues of local government law are significant factors and in which the applicant has had substantial and direct participation in those issues. An applicant must furnish information concerning the frequency of the applicant’s work and the nature of the issues involved. The applicant shall submit as references five (5) lawyers who are familiar with the applicant’s practice and who can attest to the applicant’s reputation for special competence and substantial involvement in the field of local government law. The applicant must demonstrate that during the two (2) year period immediately preceding the date of application, the applicant has completed twelve (12) hours of continuing legal education in the area of local government law (for U.S. Applicants, six (6) hours on national issues). The applicant must pass a written examination, uniformly administered to all applicants, designed to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, skills, and proficiency in the field of local government law to justify the representation of special competence to the legal profession and the public. The examination shall be comprised of two parts. The first part requires the applicant to provide written responses to a predetermined number of hypothetical fact-patterns prepared by members of the Local Government Fellows Examination Subcommittee. The second part requires the applicant to prepare and submit an original article for publication in the Municipal Lawyer magazine or a substantive paper suitable for presentation at an IMLA seminar or conference.

Lisa Eliason, Athens City Law Director said of Garry’s recertification, “ Garry is very deserving of this honor after having served as a local government attorney for forty years." Steve Wolf, former Law Director for Mt. Healthy and President of American Legal Publishing said, “Congratulations Garry for once again being designated a Fellow by the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  You will now continue to rank among the elite practitioners of municipal law for 20 consecutive years!  Ohio municipalities are proud and lucky to have you as a municipal resource.”



As a final reminder, the OML Annual conference will be held next week at the downtown Columbus Renaissance Hotel. League staff has been working hard to produce an agenda of topics that are timely for municipal officials and address issues that cities and villages are facing not only in Ohio, but on a national level as well. The conference agenda can be found HERE.

We hope you have already completed your registration material and returned them to our offices but if not, HERE is a link to the registration material you will need to join us next week!

Hope to see you there!

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