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Tools for State and Local Fiscal Management
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Tools for State and Local Fiscal Management

From Policy Design to Practice

9781800886407 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alex Hathaway, Affiliated Research Associate, Center for State and Local Finance and Fiscal Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Emeritus Regents Professor of Economics and former Director, Center for State and Local Finance, Fiscal Research Center and International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta and Chris Thayer, Research Associate II at the Career & Technical Education Policy Exchange, Center for State and Local Finance, Child and Family Policy Lab, Fiscal Research Center, International Center for Public Policy, and Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, US
Publication Date: January 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 640 7 Extent: 384 pp
Governments have always endured economic woes, but the increasing severity of such challenges, from the Great Recession starting in 2008 to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the need for better-developed fiscal analysis capacity in governments of all sizes using the most practical—yet robust—techniques available. This volume presents an array of real-world analytical approaches in a variety of service areas at the core of state and local government.

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Governments have always endured economic woes, but the increasing severity of such challenges, from the Great Recession starting in 2008 to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the need for better-developed fiscal analysis capacity in governments of all sizes using the most practical—yet robust—techniques available. This volume presents an array of real-world analytical approaches in a variety of service areas at the core of state and local government.

The concrete insights provided by this book serve as important tools for policy analysts, government officials charged with policy implementation, and public finance scholars across developing and developed countries looking for the essential, high-level analytical skills needed to expand internal capacity to weather uncertain economic environments. The book bridges the research–practice gap and provides practical tools for state and local fiscal analysis, including a detailed how-to guide for producing local tax expenditure reports, an age-based homestead exemption estimate calculator with guide, and simple methods for fuzzy matching administrative data. It is backed up with a depth and breadth of case studies on governments of a variety of sizes.

Public officials and analysts in local state/regional institutions and international institutions with a public policy focus as well as public finance scholars across developing and developed countries will find invaluable the analyses and tools provided by this book. It also serves as a key resource for students, researchers, and instructors across public policy.
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Contributors: H. Spencer Banzhaf, Peter Bluestone, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Elton Davis, Mels de Zeeuw, Alex Hathaway, Per Johnson, Lindsay Kuhn, Sarah E. Larson, Dick Layton, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Carlianne Patrick, Ross Rubenstein, Isabel Ruthotto, David L. Sjoquist, Chris Thayer, Nicholas Warner, Laura Wheeler, Bauyrzhan Yedgenov
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Foreword by Robert D. Ebel xi

PART I TAX POLICY TOOLS
1 Introduction to Tools for State and Local Fiscal Management 2
Alex Hathaway, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, and Chris Thayer
2 Dynamic revenue analysis: Experience of the states 9
Peter Bluestone and Carolyn Bourdeaux
3 Local government revenue diversification: Prospects for Connecticut 37
Laura Wheeler and Bauyrzhan Yedgenov
4 The Homestead Option Sales Tax: Lessons learned from DeKalb and Rockdale counties 79
Mels de Zeeuw and Laura Wheeler

PART II TAX INCENTIVE TOOLS
5 Age-based property tax exemptions’ effects on home prices and migration of older homeowners 91
Peter Bluestone and Nicholas Warner, with H. Spencer Banzhaf and Per Johnson
6 Preparing local tax expenditure reports: A practical guide for local governments 111
Per Johnson and Laura Wheeler
7 Local tax incentives: Examples from metropolitan counties 127
Laura Wheeler and Per Johnson

PART III EDUCATION POLICY TOOLS
8 Financing education services 152
Elton Davis and Isabel Ruthotto
9 Equalization grants for education services 183
Nicholas Warner
10 Georgia’s special purpose local option sales tax for education: Review of trends and policy implications 193
Ross Rubenstein and Nicholas Warner
11 The effect of start-up charter schools on nearby property values 218
Peter Bluestone, David L. Sjoquist, and Nicholas Warner

PART IV ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
12 Tax increment financing: Effects of the Great Recession in the United States, Georgia, and Atlanta 254
Dick Layton
13 Adding multifamily residential properties to community improvement districts 284
Carolyn Bourdeaux, Lindsay Kuhn, Sarah E. Larson, and Laura Wheeler
14 Non-tax economic development incentives 319
Carlianne Patrick
15 Constitutional limits on state and local aid to private enterprise 331
Carlianne Patrick

Index 372
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