Rose Institute Issues Detailed Study of Local Government Finances In Riverside County

A new examination of county, city, special district, and redevelopment agency finances in Riverside County has been unveiled by Claremont McKenna College's Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

County officials welcomed the new data which reveals inequity in the allocation of state funds to the detriment of Riverside County residents.

"This report is the first comprehensive study of local government finance in Riverside County," said Larry Parrish, county executive officer for Riverside County. "[The study shows that] for far too long, Riverside County has been getting the short end of the stick from the state."

The Rose Institute report exposes critical findings in several areas, including:

* State allocations to local governments in Riverside County
* Distribution of property tax revenues in the county
* Redevelopment agency financing
* Administrative costs of county welfare programs
* City contracting with the county for police and fire services
* El Sobrante landfill financing

The Rose Institute report is the culmination of a year-long detailed study of city and county budgets, state documents, and other financial source materials. It is one of a series of ongoing Rose Institute reports that have investigated Orange County, Los Angeles County, Monterey County, as well as the San Diego County school districts.

For a copy of the Rose Institute report, call (909) 621-8159. The authors of the report, Steven Frates, Ph.D. and Eric Norby, are available for interviews and analysis.

The Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College is California's leading think tank analyzing political, demographic, and fiscal data and trends. Alan Heslop, Ph.D. is the director of the Institute.

Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective independent liberal arts college educating leaders in business and public affairs. CMC enrolls nearly 1,000 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges.



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