ERIC Number: ED101026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
General Revenue Sharing in American Cities: First Impressions.
Blair, Patricia W.
Too much of the debate over the five-year, 30 billion dollar program of State and Local Assistance has focussed on its presumed or theoretical impact. Too little has dealt with what actually happens when the quarterly Treasury checks arrive at the local level. Local-level studies that are under way concentrate heavily on the fiscal impact of revenue sharing, but at least three other issues are of major concern: the amount and quality of citizen involvement in GRS decision making; the efficacy of mandated protections against discrimination; and, the extent to which GRS is being used to meet the needs of the poor and near poor. In order to clarify such issues the National Revenue Sharing Project has conducted an intensive, 18-month survey of GRS in some 60 localities. The survey was carried out by local members of three organizations. The citizen monitors worked from a very detailed, demanding survey instrument. They collected comprehensive demographic and budget data, looked into newspaper files and relevant documents, and conducted an average of 30 interviews with elected officials, department heads, media representatives, and community leaders. Their submissions enable us to make important judgments as to how the GRS program is working at the local level. The present report covers the results of the project survey of 26 medium and large cities and seven urban/suburban counties. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, City Government, Economically Disadvantaged, Equal Protection, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Policy, Local Government, National Surveys, Policy Formation, Political Issues, Poverty Programs, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Revenue Sharing
National Clearinghouse on Revenue Sharing, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse on Revenue Sharing, Washington, DC.