Fiscal Health for Local Governments
- Beth Honadle
- Beverly Cigler
- James Costa
This examination of the fiscal health of local governments offers a "how-to" approach to identifying and solving financial problems. It will serve as a primer for readers interested in understanding financial processes and alternatives, and as a practical guide for those who need access to fiscal measurement tools. Its principal selling point lies in its assumptions: instead of using the vocabulary and research agendas of economists (such as Musgrave, Fisher), finance scholars (Ladd/Yinger) and political scientists (Peterson/Strachota), it will appeal to readers who lack sophisticated knowledge in these areas and nevertheless need practical advice.The book stems from the "Fiscal Health Education Program," an applied economics program at the University of Minnesota. It uses three measures of fiscal healthâfinancial condition, trend analysis, and financial trend monitoring systemâas the basis for advocating particular fiscal strategies. The book examines the tools that can be used to assess the condition of a local government's fiscal health and some of the policy causes or remedies for certain situations, as well as some of the strategies governments can pursue to maintain and improve health.
Academics and students working in budget and finance areas in the fields of public administration, public affairs, government, political science, accounting, planning, and policy analysis; budget managers in small and medium-sized cities and rural municipalities, almost exclusively in the US.