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Publications: Government Manuals

SPC produces several handbooks that address basic issues and problems commonly experienced by local elected officials. If you are interested in ordering any of the manuals, please download an order form (PDF--9.23 K). You can order as many as five items with one order form. Stay tuned: automated web ordering is coming soon!

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[ Attaining A Wise Outcome: Problem Solving For Public Officials ] [ Financing Community Development And Revitalization: TIF, LERTA, State & Federal Programs ] [ Municipal Hiring Manual ] [ Municipal Secretary's Desktop Reference Manual ] [ Municipal Secretary's Desktop Reference Manual - Workbook ] [ Standards For Effective Local Government: A Workbook For Performance Assessment ] [ Merger/Consolidation Manual ]

ATTAINING A WISE OUTCOME: PROBLEM SOLVING FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS (2002) – Problem-solving guide provides an opportunity to think about problem-solving in a structured setting. This manual offers insight into those factors that make a difference in reaching a wise outcome to frustrating problems or dilemmas. The guide is buillt around the expereinces of practitioners (with actual case problems). Offers a set of practical suggestions and guidelines for effective problem-solving. LGP-00152
Cost $35.00 [ order form ]

Lawrence County Courthouse

Lawrence County Courthouse

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FINANCING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND REVITILIZATION: TIF, LERTA, STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS (2003) – This guide has been written to fill a gap in the local government knowledge base about tax increment financing (TIF) and other mechanisms. It will provide background information about the use of TIFs in the United States and basic information about Pennsylvania’s TIF law. A framework for decision making will also be presented to assist local officials who must determine whether tax increment financing is an appropriate choice or, perhaps other financing options such as LERTA, are also considered. This publication is intended to serve as a reference for local elected officials and laymen as they review and consider options and strategies for local economic development projects. LGP- 00162
Cost $50.00 [ order form ]

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THE MUNICIPAL HIRING MANUAL (2002) – Provides step-by-step processes for hiring. The manual includes a separate section on relevant issues such as the legal aspects of hiring, in-service training programs, safety programs, employee manuals, and the CDL program. Additionally, forms, questionnaires, sample copies of advertisements, model ordinances, and other vital materials are presented in the manual. LGP-00153
Cost $50.00 [ order form ]

Butler County Courthouse

Butler County Courthouse

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STANDARDS FOR EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT: A WORKBOOK FOR PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT - Designed to assist local elected and appointed officials in determining the capacity and effectiveness of municipal operations in: General Management; Financial Management; Risk Management; Personnel Management; Police Operations; Records Management; Fire Operations; Emergency Medical Services; Emergency Management; Public Works Management; Land Use Control and Code Enforcement; Parks and Recreation; and Ethical Standards. An appendix contains information for developing action plans to address noted deficiencies. LGP-003
Cost $50.00 [ order form ]

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MERGER/CONSOLIDATION MANUAL (2000)
A handbook on the “how” of consolidation/merger. It sets forth a step-by-step procedure – one that can be used by local government officials and lay citizens who may have little, if any, experience in such an undertaking. LGP-00204
Cost $50.00 [ order form ]

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Fayette County Courthouse

Fayette County Courthouse

 

 

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