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for Popular Government Vol. 64 Issue 3, Spring 1999
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Local governments use various approaches for communicating with citizens, such as televising meetings or setting up Web sites. Three boards of county commissioners tried a different approach; they held meetings away from the county seat. No agenda was set. The goal was to listen; to respond to concerns; and to attract people who are not usually active in civic and political affairs. Citizen-outreach efforts in Buncombe, Catawba, and Halifax Counties are profiled.
To determine how citizens feel about jury duty, the Administrative Office of the Courts conducted a statewide survey of jurors called in late October 1997 and late January 1998. There were 4,654 responses. Generally, jurors expressed satisfaction with the court system, but felt some things could be improved, including using jurors' time more efficiently and effectively.
Joseph E. Hunt, Institute of Government faculty member, received the 1998 Most Valuable Member award of the International Association of Assessing Officers. Hunt's specialty is tax administration and real estate appraisal. The award recognizes his thirty years of service as past president of the eight-thousand member IAAO, committee member, and educator.