Modernizing Local Public Service Delivery Systems: LEAP into the future
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This article examines the role of the Local Efficiency Assessment Plan (LEAP) tool designed to help public officials and the general public evaluate their county’s governmental structures while taking into account likely population changes through 2025. It provides insights into probable changes in costs, property taxes, and other fiscal issues as a result of population changes projected by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) using the cohort survival method. The results show that more elderly residents, fewer residents of working age, and fewer youth in some counties will force serious decisions about the type and quality of services provided, as well as the most appropriate and efficient way to deliver them.