What is it about?

This study takes an in depth look at local government expenditures before and after consolidation. We examine total operating expenditures, administration and public safety spending over an eight to ten year period in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia, Haines, Alaska, Kansas City-Wyandotte County, Kansas and Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky with comparisons to the state average of local government spending. Our findings suggest that administration sending is the functional area where consolidation-related savings is most likely to occur, however, savings in this area may not be durable.

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Why is it important?

This study examines both the growth and growth rates of local government spending before and after consolidation and predicted spending if consolidation had not occurred for four cases.


This study is part of an ongoing research agenda with my co-authors to examine the impacts of local-government consolidation.

Dagney Faulk
Ball State University

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This page is a summary of: Where are the cost savings in city–county consolidation?, Journal of Urban Affairs, February 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12308.
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