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Impact of Public Land Programs on Local Government Finances

James C. Barron and J. Dean Jansma
American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 52, No. 3 (Aug., 1970), pp. 365-371
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1237387
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Impact of Public Land Programs on Local Government Finances
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Abstract

Public land ownership is often assumed to adversely affect the fiscal capacity of local governments through removal of part of the property tax base. A method employing multiple regression analysis was developed to test this hypothesis in a forested region of Pennsylvania. Neither higher tax rates on private land nor reduced levels of per capita local government expenditures were found to be associated with large amounts of public land, thereby indicating that local governments are not placed at an economic disadvantage by public land programs. Extended use of this analytical technique could result in better public policy decisions on resource use.

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