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ERIC Number: ED125050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-15
Pages: 18
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Municipal Overburden.
Sparkman, William E.
Several major reasons for municipal overburden have been identified by authorities. These include the following: (1) it is more expensive to provide public services in urban areas; (2) the socioeconomic characteristics of urban residents place heavy demands on municipal services; (3) city tax bases are failing to keep pace with increasing costs; and (4) suburban areas contribute significantly to the fiscal problems of central cities. There is no basic agreement among those interested in municipal overburden on the best way to relieve the problem. Some suggest that the state assume greater direct responsibility for educational costs, or, alternatively, provide additional state funds for noneducational services to free up local revenues for schools. Other researchers suggest that the way to solve municipal overburden is by an adjustment to the state school finance formula. It is difficult to assess the impact of municipal overburden on school finance because of definitional and measurement problems, as well as conceptual problems. There is still much for educators, economists, and policy-makers to learn about the complex interrelationships between educational and noneducational finance. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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