Assessing the feasibility of a GIS-integrated fiscal impact model for local governments
Nielsen, Beth Linnea
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This case study assessed the potential of a Geographic Information Systems-integrated fiscal impact model as an analytical tool to assist local governments in growth, development, and planning decisions. The financial statements of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia were first analyzed to produce a cost of community services study and identify figures from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Department of Finance for spatial representation. Financial figures were uniquely allocated on a per parcel basis to produce a visual representation of the spatial variation in revenues, expenditures, and net effects for fiscal year 2011 financials. Results indicate that, despite government investment in GIS technology, the capabilities of a GIS-integrated fiscal impact model are limited by inaccuracy within currently available datasets and inconsistency across departments.