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“The Cost of Community Services study AFT conducted for us has been enormously useful to Clark County (Ohio) decision makers and to our own organization. Our county administrator and planner have appreciated having this objective information available to point out to others. AFT is the resource we rely on most to educate local officials and to assist them in developing their farmland preservation programs."
- Krista Magaw
Executive Director,
Tecumseh Land Trust
Fiscal Analysis
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Saving farms and ranches is a sound investment in economic development and community infrastructure. Agriculture provides jobs on and off the farm, generates sales and attracts tourists. In addition, privately owned agricultural land generates more in local tax revenue than it costs in public services. Communities are finding that they cannot afford the price of unplanned development or the conversion of productive land—both of which can weaken a community’s bottom line and destroy its character.

oregon farmCost of Community Services (COCS) studies: AFT’s nationally acclaimed COCS studies provide a snapshot in time of current revenues and expenditures on a land use basis. COCS studies analyze the demands on public services (e.g., schools, fire protection and road maintenance) and show how much it costs to provide public services to each land use in your community (e.g., residential, commercial and farmland). Unlike typical fiscal impact studies, COCS studies evaluate working land on equal ground with development.

Read our Cost of Community Services Studies fact sheet.


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