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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 Kenny A. v Perdue Consent Decree established James T. Dimas and Sarah A. Morrison as independent Accountability Agents with the responsibility to produce public reports every six months. The first report was produced on Nov. 10, 2006. Since then, reports have been released every six months and are listed below for downloading.

Under the terms and conditions of the Kenny A. Consent Decree, the State is to achieve and sustain 31 outcomes as well as maintain certain practice standards with respect to the children in the custody of the DeKalb and Fulton County Departments of Family and Children Services (DFCS). These practice standards relate to needs assessment, service planning, placement experience, health care, investigation of maltreatment allegations concerning children in foster care, and court reviews and reporting. Some are new requirements for administrators and case managers and others are existing agency policy and practice requirements receiving heightened attention. In addition, the Consent Decree stipulates various infrastructure requirements for the State and Counties. These stipulations relate to automation, caseload sizes, training, supervision of private providers, foster parent licensing and support, and financing. Keywords: Kenny A., Perdue, Consent Decree, Georgia, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Outcomes, Maltreatment, DFCS, Fulton, DeKalb, CPS.