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Dr. Sungho Park, et al., ” Interlocal Collaboration and Local Fiscal Structure: Do State Incentives Matter?” Journal Article

 Interlocal Collaboration and Local Fiscal Structure: Do State Incentives Matter?

Dr. Sungho Park (The University of Alabama)

Journal Article in Public Budgeting and Finance, March 25, 2020

Abstract:

Interlocal collaboration is considered an important tool for cost‐saving. States, therefore, have incentivized interlocal collaboration in different ways. To understand the budgetary consequences of interlocal collaboration and state incentives, we examine counties in Nebraska where the State uses two incentive mechanisms—resource restrictions and additional access to restricted revenues granted to counties with collaboration. This study finds that county expenditures are lower when they spend more through collaboration. While this lower spending is related to lower revenues in counties less constrained by state restrictions, the results for counties more constrained are unclear. State incentive structures may matter for such variations.