ERIC Number: ED206056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Municipal Overburden: Its Measurement and Role in School Finance Reform.
Knickman, James R.; Reschovsky, Andrew J.
The concept of municipal overburden refers to the relationship between municipalities' educational funding and the fiscal stress generated by their heavy expenditures on both educational and noneducational services. The authors examine three aspects of the problem of municlpal overburden. First, in a literature review, they discuss the measurement of fiscal stress and municipal overburden, noting the shortcomings of existing measures of fiscal stress and proposing an alternative measure. Second, they analyze city governments' actual responses to fiscal stress in order to find whether fiscal problems have reduced educational spending. Their review of the research finds ambiguous results and limited empirical evidence. The third aspect examined is the relationship of municipal overburden to state educational aid. The authors suggest several modifications of state aid formulas that they feel would take municipal overburden into account. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: City Government, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Fiscal Capacity, Human Services, Municipalities, Property Taxes, State Aid, Tax Rates, Urban Problems
Not available separately; see EA 013 769.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.