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Biennial Reports

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report Fiscal Years 2010-11 and 2011-12
September 2012

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 2009 and FY 2010
February 2011

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 2007 and FY 2008
December 2009

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 2005 and FY 2006
August 2007

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements: Twenty-five Years in Review - Brief
April 2006

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 2003 and FY 2004
February 2006

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 2001 and FY 2002
December 2003

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 1999 and FY 2000
November 2001

Intergovernmental Challenges and Achievements - Biennial Report FY 1997 and FY 1998
January 2001


Education

Capital Expenditures for Public Schools - Staff Education Brief
October 2009

Gains in Education Spending Equity—Ten Years After Fully Funding the BEP - Staff Education Brief
August 2009

The Local Government Response to the Basic Education Program: Equity, Spending, and Local Tax Effort - Joint Publication of TACIR and UT CBER
September 2008

Education Crossroads
Presented by Dr. Matthew Murray, Associate Director and Professor of Economics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at the September 2008 TACIR Commission Meeting (Link to UT-CBER web site)
September 2008

Fiscal Capacity and Fiscal Equity - Brief
August 2008

A Primer on the Prototype Developed by Staff Working Group - Presentation
November 2006

Searching for a Fiscal Capacity Model: Why No Other State is Comparable to Tennessee - Brief
September 2006

Equalizing Education Funding: The Average Tax Rate Approach - Brief
August 2006

K-12 Education Standard Best Served With Revised Fiscal Model, by Harry A. Green
County News (Link to Tennessee County Services Association web site)
May-June 2006

Improving the Achievement of Tennessee Students: Analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress - RAND Technical Report
May 2006

Equity in Education Funding: A Tale of Two Cities, by Harry A. Green
Tennessee Town & City
April 10, 2006

School System Consolidation - Brief
November 2005

A Prototype Model for School-System-Level Fiscal Capacity in Tennessee: Why & How - Staff Report
October 2005

System-level Fiscal Capacity for Funding Education in Tennessee: Workshop for State Agency Staff - Presentation
February 2005

Three Interrelated and Frequently Confused Concepts That Affect Local Funding Requirements for Education. Vol. 4, Issue 1 (Update of Fast Facts Vol. 2, Issue2) - Fast Facts
January 2005

A Users' Guide to Fiscal Capacity in the Basic Education Program - Staff Report
November 2004

Prototype System-Level Fiscal Capacity Model - Presentation
September 2004

TACIR's Fiscal Capacity Model: Equalizing Funding for Education, Volume 3, Issue 1 - Fast Facts
May 2004

Three Interrelated and Frequently Confused Concepts That Affect Local Funding Requirements for Education. Vol. 2, Issue 2 - Fast Facts
October 2003

Gains in Education Spending Equity Continue Four Years After Fully Funding the Basic Education Program - Brief
September 2003

TACIR's Fiscal Capacity Model Helps Determine Funding for Education, Volume 2, Issue 1 - Fast Facts
June 2003

The Funding of Higher Education in Tennessee - Staff Report
April 2003

Do K-12 School Facilities Affect Education Outcomes? - Staff Report
January 2003

Equalizing Teachers' Salaries - Presentation
October 2002

Tennessee Should Close the Education Gap: Everyone's Financial Well-being Depends on it! Vol. 1 Issue 4 - Fast Facts
March 2002

Minimizing Risk Factors Key to Kindergarten Success. Volume 1, Issue 1 - Fast Facts
March 2002

RAND Reports - Money Matters in Education: Depending on How It's Spent - Staff Report
May 2001

Why Pre-K? A Legislative Staff Briefing Paper by the Office of Education Accountability Comptroller of the Treasury and TACIR
March 2001

Gains in Education Finance Equity: How Has the BEP Changed Things? - Brief
October 2000

Teacher Mobility Among Tennessee's School Districts: A Survey of Causes - Brief
February 2000

Classroom Teacher Salary Disparity Among Tennessee's School Systems - Staff Working Paper
April 1999

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Elections

Increasing Voter Access: Exploring Options - Staff Report
September 2012

Canvassing for Votes: Safety on the Campaign Trail - Commission Report
June 2012

Keeping the List: Voter Registration and Eligibility - Staff Report
September 2008

Trust But Verify: Increasing Voter Confidence in Election Results - Brief
January 2008

Trust But Verify: Increasing Voter Confidence in Election Results - Staff Report
January 2008

Trust But Verify: Toward Increasing Voter Confidence in Election Results - Presentation
May 2007

Free and Fair Elections: Twenty-first Century Challenges - Presentation
February 2007

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Infrastructure

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
July 2013

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
August 2012

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
June 2011

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
July 2010

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
September 2009

Financing Transportation in the 21st Century
Presented by Senator Mark Norris at the September 2008 TACIR Commission Meeting
September 2008

Corroding and Failing Sewer Lines: How Big a Problem? - Brief
March 2008

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow - Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
September 2007

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow - Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
October 2005

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
March 2004

Do K-12 School Facilities Affect Education Outcomes? - Staff Report
January 2003

Infrastructure Finance Brief: Local Financing Techniques for Capital Projects - Brief
August 2002

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: Anticipating the State's Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
March 2002

Building Tennessee's Tomorrow: A Survey of Infrastructure Needs - Commission Report
February 2001

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Land Use, Transportation, and Growth Policy

Municipal Boundary Changes and Growth Planning in Tennessee—An Interim Report on Public Chapter 441, Acts of 2013 - Commission Report
December 2013

Land Use in Tennessee—Striking a Balance - Commission Report
June 2013

Eminent Domain in Tennessee - Commission Report
February 2013

Dealing with Blight: Strategies for Tennessee's Communities - Commission Report
November 2012

Transportation's Share of Tennessee's GDP Matches Transportation's Share of the U.S. Economy - Fast Facts Vol. 7 Iss. 1
December 2011

Evidence from Current County Reappraisals of the Impact of Recent Property Value Declines on Future Reappraisals and Taxable Assessments - Web Publication
December 2011

Getting There: Increasing Access to Destinations - Part IV: Land Use and Transportation Planning
Staff Report
December 2011

Are We There Yet? - Part III: Land Use and Transportation Planning
Staff Report
March 2011

Land Use and Planning in Tennessee - Part II: Land Use and Transportation Planning
Staff Report
February 2011

Moving Forward: Public Transportation in Tennessee - Part I: Land Use and Transportation Planning
Staff Report
January 2011

High Growth, Low Pressure Counties - Staff Report
March 2010

Population Projections for the State of Tennessee 2010-2030 - Joint Publication of TACIR and UT CBER
June 2009

Growth Concentration in Tennessee Regions - Staff Report
September 2008

Corroding and Failing Sewer Lines: How Big a Problem? - Brief
March 2008

Cost of Community Services Study - Prepared by American Farmland Trust
2006

Growing Pains: Fiscal Challenges for Local Governments - Staff Report
August 2006

Growth Plans and Infrastructure Needs in Tennessee: A Nine-County Analysis - Joint Report with UT EERC and TACIR
August 2006

Planning for Growth and Paying for It: TACIR Recommendations on 2005 Growth-Related Bills - Staff Report
February 2006

Population Projections for the State of Tennessee: 2005-2025 - Joint Publication TACIR and UT CBER
December 2003

Forming a Metropolitan Government: The Hows and Whys of Local Government Consolidations - Staff Report
September 2003

Tennessee's Growth Policy in 2001: Promises and Progress
June 2002

Implementation of Tennessee's Growth Policy Act in CY 2000: A Year of Progress - Commission Report
Counties with Approved Growth Plans (as of 1/1/2006)
January 2001

Planning for Rural Areas in Tennessee Under PC 1101 - Staff Report
January 2001

Tennessee's Growth Policy Act: A Vision for the Future - Staff Report
April 2000

Joint Economic and Community Development Boards: A Guide for Future Action - Staff Report
February 2000

Growth Policy, Annexation, and Incorporation Under PC 1101 of 1998: A Guide for Community Leaders - Joint Publication with UT Institute for Public Service and TACIR
May 1999

Implementation of Tennessee's Growth Policy Act: The History of PC 1101 and the Early Stages of Its Implementation - Staff Report
March 1999

Annexation Issues in Tennessee - Commission Report
February 1995

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Tax

Tennessee Valley Authority’s Payments in Lieu of Taxes—Annual Report to the General Assembly - Commission Report
January 2014

Tennessee Valley Authority Payments in Lieu of Taxes Annual Report to the Tennessee General Assembly - Commission Report
February 2013

Evidence from Current County Reappraisals of the Impact of Recent Property Value Declines on Future Reappraisals and Taxable Assessments - Web Publication
December 2011

Potential for Changes in Tennessee Valley Authority Payments in Lieu of Taxes to Tennessee and Its Local Governments - Commission Report
December 2011

The Residual Impact of the Recession on Local Government Taxes - Web Publication
June 2011

The Property Tax in Tennessee—A Summary of TACIR Reports on the Property Tax and Property Tax Issues: 1999-2010 - Staff Research Brief
October 2010

The Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative Act of 2009 and Its Possible Impact on The Tennessee Valley Authority's Payments in Lieu of Taxes - Commission Report
June 2010

County Revenue Partnership Fund - Commission Report
June 2010

The Cost of a Property Tax Circuit Breaker Program in Tennessee - Staff Research Brief
March 2010

High Growth, Low Pressure Counties - Staff Report
March 2010

Taxing Utilities in Tennessee: Ongoing Challenges in Providing a Level Playing Field for Telecommunication Businesses - Staff Research Brief
October 2009

The Importance of the Property Tax Among Tennessee Counties - Staff Research Brief
May 2009

Economic and Fiscal Impact Analyses - Staff Research Brief
May 2009

Property Tax Disparity Among Tennessee Counties - Staff Research Brief
March 2009

Greenbelt Revisited - Staff Report
February 2009

Tax Increment Financing - Presentation
March 2008

Local Realty Transfer Taxes - Staff Report
February 2008

Getting It Right: The Effect on the Property Tax Base of Economic Development Agreements and Property Tax Incentives for Businesses - Brief
January 2008

Changing Nature of the Property Tax in Tennessee - Presentation
November 2007

Who Pays More? Local Tax Burdens on Tennessee Households by County - Staff Report
August 2007

Local Taxing Authority - Staff Report
July 2007

Property Tax Reduction and Relief Programs - Brief
June 2007

Fiscal Effort, Fiscal Capacity, and Fiscal Need: Separate Concepts, Separate Problems - Staff Report
June 2007

Tax Increment Financing: Opportunities and Concerns - Brief
March 2007

Fiscal Flexibility: Low Growth/High Pressure - Staff Report
January 2007

Cost of Community Services Study - Prepared by American Farmland Trust
2006

Local Government Property Tax Revisited: Good News and Bad News - Brief
July 2006

State Highway Aid to Local Governments in Tennessee - Staff Report
February 2005

State-Shared Tax Findings - Letter to General Assembly
February 2005

Hall Income Tax Distributions and Local Government Finances - Staff Report
April 2004

Property Tax Abatements and Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Impact on Public Education - Commission Report
February 2004

State Tax Sharing, Fairness, and Local Government Finance in Tennessee - Staff Report
(Report) (Appendices)
January 2004

Financing Growth in Tennessee: Local Development Taxes and Impact Fees - Brief
August 2004

State-Shared Taxes and Cities Without Property Taxes: A Source of Inequity - Staff Report
October 2004

State Tax Sharing with Cities: Premier Type Tourist Resort Cities as Models - Staff Report
September 2004

The Office of the Property Assessor in Tennessee - Commission Report
March 2003

Directory of Select Reports and Studies on Tennessee's Tax System
March 2003

The Structure of State Taxes in Tennessee: A Fiscal Primer - Joint Publication with TACIR/UT CBER
February 2003

Highway Finance in Tennessee - Staff Report
October 2002

The Local Government Finance Series Volume III, Miscellaneous Local Taxes and Fees - Staff Report
August 2002

The Local Government Finance Series Volume II, The Local Option Sales Tax in Tennessee - Staff Report
Local Option Sales Tax Update
Map of State and Local Option Sales Tax Rates (Jan 2005)
June 2002

Paying for Growth: General Assembly Authorizations for Development Taxes and Impact Fees - Brief
April 2002

An Analysis of the Fiscal Structure of Non-Income Tax States - Staff Report
April 2002

The Sales Tax Bite in Tennessee Approaches One and One-half Times the National Average Volume 1 Issue 5 - Fast Facts
April 2002

Understanding Budget Growth, Volume 1, Issue 3 - Fast Facts
March 2002

How Does Tennessee's Budget Work? Volume 1 Issue 2 - Fast Facts
March 2002

The Citizens' Guide to the Tennessee Budget - Staff Report
February 2002

The Local Government Finance Series Volume 1, The Local Property Tax in Tennessee - Staff Report
February 2002

State Shared Taxes in Tennessee - Staff Report
(Report) (Appendices)
March 2000

Taxation of Services in Tennessee - Staff Report
January 2000

Financing Tennessee Government in the 21st Century - Commission Report
January 1999

Sales Tax on Food: Targeting Relief to the Working Poor and Elderly Poor - Staff Working Paper
May 1999

National Perspectives on Tennessee Taxes- Staff Report
April 1998

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Water/Utilities

Ensuring Fair and Equitable Water and Wastewater Rates for Non-resident Customers of City Utilities - Commission Report
January 2014

Appointment v. Election of Utility District Commissioners - Staff Report
January 2012

North Central Tennessee Regional Water Resources Planning Study - Produced by TDEC's Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee (co-written by TACIR staff)
December 2011

South Cumberland Regional Water Resources Planning Study - Produced by TDEC's Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee (co-written by TACIR staff)
June 2011

Safe Digging! Working Together to Prevent Damage to Underground Utilities - Commission Report
October 2010

Statewide Water Resources Planning: A Nine State Study - Prepared by Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
April 2010

Corroding and Failing Sewer Lines: How Big a Problem? - Brief
March 2008

Tennessee's Water Resources: Balancing Resources - Presentation
February 2008

Tennessee's Water Resources: A Regional Concern If Ever There Was One - Presentation
December 2007

Tennessee's Water Resources: A Regional Concern - Presentation
December 2007

TACIR to Study Future Water Supply Challenges, by TACIR Staff
Tennessee Town & City (Link to Tennessee Municipal League)
October 2007

Tennessee's Water Resources: Managing Current and Future Challenges - Presentation
October 2007

Analysis of Pole Attachment Rate Issues in Tennessee -
March 2007

Potential Impacts of Electric Utility Restructuring on Local Governments in Tennessee - Technical Report
October 2001

Issues Relating to the Appointment of Utility Districts Boards of Commissioners (Interim Report)
March 2003

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Miscellaneous Reports

Insurance as an Alternative to Surety Bonds for Public Officials - Commission Report
January 2014

Government Transparency: Can One Size Fit All? - Commission Report
October 2013

Human Capital—Status and Momentum of Tennessee's Counties - Fast Facts
August 2013

Fire Service in Tennessee - Commission Report
June 2013

The Recession and Employment in the US and Tennessee: A Long Road Back to Normal? - Staff Report
May 2013

Charting a Course to Tennessee’s Future - Staff Report
February 2013

Facts, Fear, and the Future - Presentation for the Tennessee County Services Association Annual Conference
October 2012

County Veterans Service Officer Compensation Study: A Study of SB 1336/HB 895 - Staff Report
January 2012

The Public Safety Impact of Public Safety Answering Points Not Affiliated with an Emergency Communications District - Commission Report
September 2011

Regional Jail Feasibility Study - Prepared for TACIR by CRS, Inc.
November 2010

Safe Digging! Working Together to Prevent Damage to Underground Utilities - Commission Report
October 2010

E-911: Emergency Communications Funding in Tennessee - Staff Report
September 2010

Personal and Family Economic Well-Being: Status and Momentum of Tennessee Counties (Vol. 6, Issue 1) Fast Facts
February 2010

Regional Governance Districts - Staff Report
February 2010

Population Projections for the State of Tennessee 2010-2030 - Joint Publication of TACIR and UT CBER
June 2009

Tracking the Tennessee Economy - Web Publication
May 2009

Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Presentation
February 2009

Fiscal Impact of Economic Slowdown on Local Governments in Tennessee - Web Publication
December 2008

Telecommuting: Saving Energy and Promoting Progress - Brief
September 2008

Local Economic Activity: Status and Momentum of Tennessee Counties (Vol. 5, Issue 2) - Fast Facts
August 2008

Personal and Family Economic Well-Being: Status and Momentum of Tennessee Counties (Vol. 5, Issue 1) Fast Facts
May 2008 (Revised May 2009)

Dickson County Peer Evaluation - Presentation
February 2008

Fiscal Federalism: The Looming Federal Fiscal Crisis and Its Effect on Tennessee - Staff Report
March 2007

Beyond Capacity: Issues and Challenges Facing County Jails - Commission Report
March 2007

Emergency Challenge: A Study of E-911 Technology and Funding Structure in Tennessee - Commission Report
February 2006

Population Projections for the State of Tennessee: 2005-2025 - Joint Publication TACIR and UT CBER
December 2003

Tennessee and the Knowledge Economy - Staff Report
May 2001

Accountability Through Performance-Based Budgeting (HB 253/SB 1504) - Presentation
March 2001

Local Government Tort Liability Issues in Tennessee - Commission Report
January 1999

Funding, Creation & Management of E-911 Districts- Commission Report
January 1995

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