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Saving Land Saves Tax Dollars: Costs of Development & Conservation

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Calculating a Cost of Community Services Ratio for Your Pennsylvania Community

1998
Organizations/Sources: Penn State University
This is a good starting point for any municipality in Pennsylvania that wants to perform a COCS study. Provides a step-by-step approach on preparing for, conducting the study, and interpreting your results.
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Costs & Revenues of Residential Development: A Workbook for Local Officials and Citizens

2000
Organizations/Sources: Penn State University
This Workbook for Citizens & Officials, developed by specialists at Penn State's Cooperative Extension, is intended to assist those conducting economic analysis of specific proposed residential development in communities, using the Per Capita Multiplier method of analysis to predict the impacts on school districts and township or borough governments. A version of the workbook is available for use on-line, which is quick and easy, though does not have the same flexibility as the paper version of the workbook.
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Fiscal Impacts of Different Land Uses

2007
Organizations/Sources: Penn State University
These impacts are significant not only because they affect taxpayers and local residents, but because they affect the ability of local government to respond to the needs of its citizens. Identifying the impacts of different land uses will help you recognize what types of land development and uses should be encouraged in your municipality, and what types should be treated cautiously.
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Land Value Taxation and Eco-taxation: Their Social and Economic Inter-relationship

2000
This Report is a preliminary exploration of the inter-relationship between two forms of taxation: the long established land value taxation an the recently emerging eco-taxation. The exploration starts with comparing the distinct nature of the two forms and then the link between them.
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Opportunity Knocks: Open Space as a Community Investment

Authors: Michael Frank
Organizations/Sources: Heritage Conservancy
This publication discusses topics related to open space, farmland, community character, quality of life, taxes and development and how all of these elements are intertwined. Municipalities have come to realize that many of the costs of development are borne by the community rather than the developer. It is important that municipalities identify goals related to the conservation of land resources and consider the impacts of development on community services.
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Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania

2010
More than just pretty places, preserved open spaces contribute to our local economies and property values, they help us save on everything from health care to recreation, and they perform valuable ecosystem services that naturally improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. Included in this library item are both the full study and a study summary.
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Rural Transportation Corridors

2004
Organizations/Sources: Brandywine Conservancy
Conservation Opportunities for Corridor Preservation & Community Development. Route 41 passes through or near nine communities that contain extensive prime farmland, currently threatened by development. This report summarizes what is known about the relationship between roadway improvements and land use changes and identifies some of the tools and resources that can be used to influence land use changes resulting from rural roadway improvements.
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Saving Land Saves Money

Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County Lands Trust
Although the primary reason to protect important parts of the community is to ensure a high quality of life, saving land saves money for taxpayers. Land preservation is an investment in your community’s future—providing both financial and quality of life dividends. 12 pages.
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Watershed Services: The important link between forests and water

2007
This fact sheet on watershed services documents the significance of investing in forest conservation to protect our drinking water supplies. Private landowners are stewards of over 427 million acres of forest land and their management practices play a vital role in ensuring a sustainable supply of ecosystem services for the public.
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