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Local Government Program

Kansas Fiscal Database

What is it?

Local 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 local government budgeting, there never before existed a uniform and consistent accounting of local government budget data. OLG created a database of detailed county government revenue and expenditure information to fill this void. Using data collected from the Kansas Department of Administration's Accounts and Reports, OLG has organized budget information into 34 categories of expenditures and 20 revenue categories for 104 Kansas counties between the years 1989 and 2013.

How can this tool be used?

The availability of this data opens a new realm of service delivery opportunities for Kansas counties. Here are a few ways we have used the data with local officials:

What does it take to make this happen?

Many of the applications of the Kansas Fiscal Database are freely available. Our Kansas County Fiscal Conditions & Trends reports are updated annually and distributed to Kansas County Commissioners, County Clerks, and County Extension Offices throughout the state. They are also available online. Our Public Finance Comparison Studies also are free to any County Commission upon request. Evaluating Fiscal Health studies require a fee, the amount of which depends on the scope of the study and the level of local cooperation provided in gathering data. The cost of our Applied Research Studies depends on the nature of the question to be answered and how the information is to be used.

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