ERIC Number: ED161114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Municipal Overburden in New Jersey: An Assessment. New Jersey Urban Education Research Reports No. 2.
Reschovsky, Andrew; Knickman, James
The high cost of providing public services in urban areas of high population density is not always matched by a high capacity to meet that cost. The additional costs that must be borne by taxpayers in urban areas are collectively termed the "municipal overburden." The literature on municipal overburden has failed to recognize that this condition is a relative one and has failed to develop an adequate method for measuring it. By defining a "minimum bundle" of public services that a municipality can reasonably be expected to supply, we can make comparisons between the per capita costs for such services from city to city. Municipal overburden can then be expressed in terms of the degree to which these costs force a tax effort above a set level. Using such a measure, described in detail in this document, the authors have determined that a high degree of overburden exists in the 62 New Jersey urban aid communities studied, particularly in larger and poorer communities, though there are notable exceptions. The problem of overburden may be solved only by addressing the entire cost structure of local government finance, rather than concentrating on adjustments in school financing formulas alone. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey