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Annual Survey of State & Local Government Finances

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PURPOSE

To provide periodic and comprehensive statistics about governments and governmental financial activities. The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this survey and provides for voluntary responses.

CONTENT

Revenue data include taxes (i.e., property, sales, tobacco, motor vehicle, licensing and permit), charges, interest, and other earnings. Expenditure data include total by function (I.e., education, highways, airports, water and sewerage, health, hospitals, corrections, fire and police protection), and by accounting category (I.e., current operations and capital outlays). Debt data include issuance, retirement, and amounts outstanding. Financial assets data include securities and other holdings, by type.

FREQUENCY

A census is conducted every five years (years ending in '2' and '7'). A sample of state and local governments is used to collect data in the intervening years. A new sample is selected every five years (years ending in '4' and '9').

USES

The U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state and local governments, educational and research organizations, and the general public employ these results. Some major uses include the following:

  • Development of the government component of the gross domestic product estimates
  • Development of the national income accounts
  • Development of personal income figures for state and county areas
  • Allocation of certain federal grant funds
  • Legislative research
  • Comparative studies of state and local government finances
  • Public and fiscal policy analysis/research

SPECIAL FEATURES

Provides the most current, comprehensive and comparable source of data on state and local government finances.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Economic Census

State Government Tax Collections Survey

State and Local Government Public-Employee Retirement System Survey

Local Government School System Finance Survey

Annual Public Employment Survey


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