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Local government, Taxation, Citizenship, Civic Responsibility, Funding, Municipal Services, Syracuse, NY, Metropolitan Growth, Onondaga County, Haudenosaunee




Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Research | Education | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Statistics | Urban Studies and Planning


The 2018 revised Patterns of Government is an important resource for elected and public officials, citizens, students, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and the general public. Patterns of Government also serves as the textbook for Citizens Academy, co- sponsored by FOCUS Greater Syracuse and Syracuse University Community Engagement. Local government courses at Maxwell School of Syracuse University and Newhouse School of Public Communications also use Patterns of Government as an educational tool. This book contains vital information that ordinarily can be found only when one researches multiple sources. This informational book will help you understand how local governments are organized, the services they provide, and sources of funding. You will become aware of how tax dollars are used, the function and interaction of programs, and “who to call” for service and information. If the material in this book motivates civic trusteeship and mutual responsibility with governments, it has achieved its purpose.

Additional Information

The original Patterns of Government was published by the League of Women Voters of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area in 1970 and revised in 1981, 1996, 2006, 2012, 2015, and 2018. Since 2012, subsequent updates have been made by the CBP and corrected on the website version:

The 2018 edition of Patterns of Government is sponsored by FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. and the CBP of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Acknowledgements to the following individuals who participated in the 2018 edition:

Jack Schlosser, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Samantha Trombley, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
William Coplin, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Carol Dwyer, Community Benchmarks Program & Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Jim Keib, Focus Greater Syracuse
Charlotte Holstein, Focus Greater Syracuse
Frank Moses, Focus Greater Syracuse
Dee Klees, Focus Greater Syracuse
Yu Ling, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

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