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Articles In This Month's Issue: February 2004

The Citizen’s Guide to the Nashville Budget: Providing Better Information in Better Ways GFR February 2004 Cover
Stakeholders have traditionally steered clear of local budgeting for lack of accessible and understandable information. The Metropolitan Government of Nashville is using the Internet to break down these communication barriers and enhance budgetary transparency.
Robert Boydston and William Aaron

Bringing Rigor to Cutback Management: Eugene’s Constrained Prioritization Process

The dot-com meltdown, the 2001 recession, and a new security environment have forced governments at all levels to make difficult funding decisions over the last several years. While many governments resorted to across-the-board cuts or other arbitrary devices, others, such as the City of Eugene, have tried to bring some degree of rationality to the priority-setting process.
Jeff Petry

A New Model for Fiscal Regionalism: Greater Racine’s Plan for Overcoming Fiscal Disparity

Not too long ago, the City of Racine, Wisconsin, was hemorrhaging its tax base to wealthier suburban communities and shouldering the financial burden for the region’s infrastructure and cultural amenities. Now a far-reaching agreement for sharing costs and property tax revenues is helping to eliminate fiscal disparities for the benefit of the entire region.
James M. Fiacco and Christine A. Cramer
   

Budgeting for Excellence: How the University of Missouri-Kansas City Transformed Its Budget Process Using the NACSLB Standards

Once a disconnected urban university beset by stagnating enrollment, the University of Missouri-Kansas City is now transforming itself into a unified, performance-driven organization thanks largely to a revitalized budget process based on best practices.
Nancy Zielke

The GFOA and Professionalism in Local Government

Through awards programs, technical assistance, and recommended practices, GFOA has played a leading role in raising the level of professionalism in local government finance and budgeting—a role that is only going to increase in significance during the 21st century.
William C. Rivenbark and Gregory S. Allison