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Here you will find links to a variety of publications recently produced by the staff of the Office of Local Government. To quickly get to the publications you are looking for, click one of the following topics:

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Local Government and Public Finance

Kansas County Fiscal Conditions & Trends - UPDATED!
Custom county reports showing county government budget trends from 2004 to 2012. Includes 34 categories of actual expenditures and 20 actual revenue categories from data extracted from county budget documents. Updated annually. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, April 2014.
2014 Fiscal Conditions & Trends Reports

Kansas County Government Fiscal Trends and 2002 County Municipal Budget Data Book
This publication compiles data for all Kansas counties, making comparison between counties easy. The report begins by looking at broad trends in county government budgeting and provides a detailed look at revenues and expenditures for 104 Kansas counties. The data is current through 2002 actual budget year. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, June 2009.
Data Book

Comparative Analysis of County Revenues and Expenditures
The Office of Local Government uses the Kansas Fiscal Database to prepare comparative analyses of county government revenues and expenditures. These comparative analyses show how an individual governmental unit compares to a group of peer municipalities. It's one more tool we use to help local officials as they try to manage local finances. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, June 2005.
Sample Comparative Analysis

Guide to Indicators of Financial Condition
One method to help ensure local government fiscal responsibility is to monitor indicators of financial condition. The Office of Local Government works with cities and counties to set up such monitoring systems, often within the context of a comparative analysis with a group of peer municipalities. To see the system we use and a sample report, follow the links below. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, 2004.
Guide to Indicators

Sample Indicator Report

State & Local Government Finance Publications
These publications use data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Government Finances to show how Kansas compares to other states in its use of various sources of revenue and in spending on different types of public services. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, March 2010.
Kansas State and Local Government Revenues: A Comparison with Other States for State Fiscal Year 2007 (.pdf)

Kansas State and Local Government Spending: A Comparison with Other States for State Fiscal Year 2007 (.pdf)

An Introduction to State and Local Public Finance
Written as an upper-level, undergraduate college student book chapter, this publication provides an overview of the public finance system in the United States. It also discusses a variety of analytic techniques used to forecast government revenues and analyze public investments.
Visit the information

Keeping on Track: Strategies for Dealing with Controversial Public Policy
Keeping on Track, a series of publications for local officials and community leaders, deals with managing controversial public policy. This series presents strategies local leaders can use to navigate the minefield of controversial public policy so the community can resolve the issue and keep the community moving forward. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, October 2000.
Leadership in the Public Arena

Informing the Public Debate: Public Education Strategies

Meaningful Input to Public Policy: Citizen Participation Strategies

The Public Relations of Public Policy

Successful Negotiating Skills

Resolving Multiparty Disputes

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ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC REPORTS

Kansas Rural Health Works
In an effort to provide useful information resources to rural community and health care leaders, the Kansas Rural Health Options Project (KRHOP) has teamed with the Office of Local Government to develop reports on health care’s economic importance in the State of Kansas. Visit the Kansas Rural Health Works web site to find reports of the economic impacts of local health care systems for all Kansas counties.

Kansas Rural Health Works Community Engagement
These publications support the community engagement process that is part of the Kansas Rural Health Works program. Rural Health Works engages community residents in local health care decision making by showing them the importance of the health care sector to their local economy. Further, it generates several information reports useful in identifying local health care needs. The reports generated for Hoisington, KS are posted under the Active Community Programs on the KRHW website. The reports for Columbus, KS, Russell County, Neodesha, KS, Rice County, Trego County, Osborne County, Cloud County, Oakley Tri-County, Stafford County, Belleville, KS, and Goodland, KS are posted under the Community Archive on the KRHW website. More communities will follow. This information is prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, 2010.
Reports Page

To see a PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of the Kansas Rural Health Works community Engagement process, click here.

Updated! Economic Impact of Health Care
Generated as part of the Kansas Rural Health Works program, these publications estimate the economic impact of the local health care system. These reports show the contribution the health care system makes to providing local jobs and income in many rural communities. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, December 2010.
Reports Page

Market & Trend Analysis for Rural Nursing Care Facilities
Nursing care facilities are present throughout urban and rural areas alike. Not only do they provide essential health care services, they are often among the major employers in many rural communities. But, as preferences for long-term elder care continue to change and the health care system continues to evolve, many of these rural facilities are facing an uncertain future. These market and trend analyses are intended as a starting point for facility strategic planning. A sample report can be found at the link below. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, September 2004.
Sample Report

Kansas County Situation & Trends Reports
The Situation & Trends reports are custom county reports incorporating a host of social, demographic and economic data to provide a comprehensive view of local conditions and trends. Developed primarily as an aid for county Extension planning, community and business leaders have found the reports useful as well. Many use the information in the reports to help document and justify grant and funding requests. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension.
2002 Situation & Trends County Data Reports, January 2002

2002 Situation & Trends Supplement, October 2002

2008 Situation & Trends County Data Reports, January 2008

Internet-Based Commerce: Implications for Rural Communities
A review of the literature related to the rural “digital divide.” This paper considers the prospects for rural communities in light of the increasing importance of information-intensive technologies, and outlines potential adaptive strategies available to rural places to help close the information technology gap.

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COMMUNITY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Milford Reservoir Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)
A comprehensive management plan for the Lower Republican watershed in Kansas. The plan provides information about water quality conditions, outlines objectives for restoring and protecting water quality, and identifies a variety of agricultural conservation practices and other actions to improve water quality.
Milford Reservoir WRAPS

Tuttle Creek Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)
A comprehensive management plan for the Lower Big Blue and Lower Little Blue River watersheds in Kansas. The plan provides information about water quality conditions, outlines objectives for restoring and protecting water quality, and identifies a variety of agricultural conservation practices and other actions to improve water quality.
Tuttle Creek Lake WRAPS

Neosho Headwaters Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)
A comprehensive management plan for the Neosho Headwaters watershed in Kansas. The plan provides information about water quality conditions, outlines objectives for restoring and protecting water quality, and identifies a variety of agricultural conservation practices and other actions to improve water quality.
Neosho Headwater WRAPS

Toronto Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)
A comprehensive management plan for the Upper Verdigris/Toronto Lake watershed in Kansas. The plan provides information about water quality conditions, outlines objectives for restoring and protecting water quality, and identifies a variety of agricultural conservation practices and other actions to improve water quality.
Toronto WRAPS

Local Government Planning for Water Quality Protection
These publications present an overview of the alternatives available to local governments in Kansas who want to ensure their drinking water supplies remain safe. These information resources present a practical and understandable guide to local water quality planning and management for both surface water and groundwater resources. Prepared by the Office of Local Government, K-State Research & Extension, November 1999.
Kansas Local Government Water Quality Planning: Decision-Maker's Guide

Kansas Local Government Water Quality Planning: Technical Resource Manual

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