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A recent article in the Kansas City Federal Reserve newsletter "Main Street Economist" describes how local governments in rural areas can cope with fiscal stress through strategies that include consolidation of service delivery, cooperation and collaboration.

Download the full article here.

An excerpt:

"Local governments have a number of options for increasing efficiencies, and most fall into one of four categories - consolidation, intermunicipality cooperation, internal reorganization and privatization.  If local governments can find ways to increase efficiency, they can cope with current fiscal challenges more easily and improve their long-term fiscal health."
Follow this link to view the article on the Kansas City Fed website:
http://www.kansascityfed.org/RegionalAffairs/MainStreet/MSE_0610.pdf Choose Your Region
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