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A Cost of Government Studyfor Northeast Ohio
Report Focus - Cuyahoga County
The Center for Governmental Research Inc. (CGR) was engaged by theSamuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation, the George Gund Foundation,the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Youngstown/WarrenRegional Chamber, the Fund for Our Economic Future (the Fund) and TheGreater Cleveland Partnership to assess the cost of local governmentservices in Northeast Ohio and compare those costs with peer regions.This issue is one of the six key challenges for the Northeast Ohio regionidentified in the
Voices and Choices
public engagement initiativeundertaken in 2005-2006. Participants in
Voices and Choices
identified aregional goal to “encourage local governments to work together or combine services to reduce duplication
.”This report does not take a position on solutions. Rather, it is intended to provide factual information to inform the public discourse on this issue.In so doing, the report establishes a baseline for understanding how theregion’s governments are funded, what they spend and how they spend it.
What Data are Provided and Why
Our primary objective was to build a comprehensive cost and revenuedatabase for local governments in the 16 counties of Northeast Ohio
.Local governments were defined as counties, cities, villages, townships,school districts and special districts and authorities
See the Voices and Choices - Report on the Public’s Priorities for Northeast Ohio’sFuture, November, 2006. Also see www.voiceschoices.org.
Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning,Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull , Wayne.
These are the categories as defined by the U.S. Census of Governments. Counting alllocal governments in Northeast Ohio is not simple, as explained later in this report.