Technical Assistance and Advisement

Faculty and research associates affiliated with the Center for State and Local Finance have significant capacity to provide technical assistance and advisement in a number of areas in public finance. Key areas of recent work include tax policy and reform, fiscal and economic impact studies, and forecasting assistance.

(This includes city feasibility studies.)

CSLF faculty and research associates have recently completed several city incorporation feasibility studies, and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is one of two schools authorized by the Georgia General Assembly to provide these analyzes. Our experts also are skilled at economic impact modeling, for both private and public sector entities, using various modeling software including, IMPLAN and LOCI.

Recent projects by research associates and faculty include:

For information about fiscal and economic impact studies, please contact Peter Bluestone.

CSLF is now offering a forecasting service for local governments, looking at Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) receipts. The monthly forecast varies from three to five years, depending on the client.

The forecast will be based on historical collections, adjusted for seasonal variation, legislative changes to the tax base, and forecasted economic conditions. Standard forecasts are estimated to be completed and delivered within two weeks.

Updates to the original forecast can be provided on a six-month cycle.

Cost of LOST forecasting service:

  • Initial forecast: $5,850 | Six-month update: $4,160

Other recent projects in revenue forecasting include an ESPLOST forecast for Paulding County and a multi-year forecast for property tax, sales tax and motor vehicle title ad valorem tax (TAVT) forecast for Fulton County.

For details on CSLF forecasting services and projects, contact Laura Wheeler or Maggie Reeves.

Research associates at the Fiscal Research Center provide ongoing assistance to state and local policymakers about Georgia-related tax policy. Additionally, the Center for State and Local Finance draws on affiliated faculty and researchers to assist governments in tax policy analysis in Georgia and beyond. On behalf of the centers, faculty members have been involved in technical assistance and advisement on tax reform in a number of states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York and Ohio.

Other Tax Reform Technical Assistance and Advisement:

Internationally, recent technical assistance projects have included tax policy advisement and analysis for the governments of Jordan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Jamaica, Egypt, Cambodia, among others. Our international work is largely under the aegis of the International Center for Public Policy.

For information or assistance on tax policy and reform, please contact Sally Wallace.

The original Consent Decree established a process for accountability through the appointment of James T. Dimas and Sarah Morrison as the Courtindependent Accountability Agents who began reporting on the decree in November 2006.  Using an agreed upon process for replacing members who are no longer able to fulfill their duties, parties named Karen Baynes-Dunning to replace Sarah Morrison as an Accountability Agent and later asked Elizabeth Black, Jennifer Haight and Steve Baynes to serve on a Monitoring and Technical Assistance Team (MTAT) to replace Jim Dimas. The Accountability Agent and the MTAT are responsible for providing public record reports on State Defendants’ performance relative to the 2016 Modified Consent Decree and Exit Plan that took effect on December 5, 2016 to the court and parties. Reports have been released every six months since November 10, 2006.

The 2016 Modified Consent Decree and Exit Plan requires additional oversight related to the use of offices, temporary placements and hotels as placements for children in foster care.

The outcome measures have undergone substantial revision to reflect when possible the principles of best practices in measurement. There are 21 outcomes that need to be met and sustained including: investigations of maltreatment in care; the search for relatives; timely and lasting exits to permanency; adoption and guardianship finalizations;  sibling placements; caseworker continuity;  visitation; graduation from high school or GED completion; meeting children’s educational, mental health, dental and medical needs. Current performance must be maintained for seven outcomes.

Infrastructure Standards will be established to align with the Blueprint for Change and other DFCS’ priorities and address: 1) case planning; 2) placement; 3) health services to children; 4) SACWIS; 5) supervision of contract agencies; 6) training; 7) foster parent licensing and training; 8) abuse in care investigations; 9) corrective actions; 10) maximization of federal funding; and 11) quality assurance.