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This book evaluates the ability of 28 cities across the state to raise revenue in order to meet the service needs and demands of their residents. The first chapter looks at urban conditions in Texas and examines funding of local government. The next three chapters focus on the powers and the fiscal performance of city government in Texas and on the sources of revenue and fiscal conditions in Texas cities. In its final section, the book examines relationships and connections found in the previous chapters to draw conclusions about the ability of Texas cities to raise sufficient revenue to meet the needs of their communities. More than 70 tables and figures are used to illustrate such information as the number of children in poverty, flow of state funds to cities, property tax rates, state property categories and values, and methods of financing.
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