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Local Government Program

City Fiscal Database

What is it?

City government performance is a concern to citizens and policy makers alike. It's also a politically sensitive issue for many. Public debates are frequently characterized by presumption and misunderstanding of facts.

Given the lack of uniformity standards for city government budgeting, there never before existed a uniform and consistent accounting of city government budget data. OLG is creating a database of detailed city government revenue and expenditure information to fill this void. Using data collected from the Kansas Department of Administration's Accounts and Reports, OLG is organizing budget information into 28 categories of expenditures and 26 revenue categories for 104 Kansas county seats between the years 2000 and 2007.

How can this tool be used?

The availability of this data opens a new realm of service delivery opportunities for Kansas cities. Here are a few ways local officials will be able to use this tool:

  • Monitoring local fiscal conditions and trends
  • Public finance comparison studies
  • Fiscal Condition Evaluation
  • Applied Research for Special Questions. Information in the Fiscal Database presents a unique opportunity to ask and answer questions about local public finance on a state-wide basis

What does it take to make this happen?

OLG is still in the process of collecting this data. Once the database is up to date, reports, presentations, and other educational materials will be created. As with the Kansas Fiscal Database, many applications of the City Database will be freely available while some will be offered for a fee.

How can I find out more?

Contact:

Rebecca Bishop, Local Government/Public Finance Specialist
Office of Local Government
Department of Agricultural Economics
785-532-1503
rbishop@ksu.edu

John Leatherman, Professor and Director
Office of Local Government
Department of Agricultural Economics
785-532-4492
jleather@ksu.edu