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The state grants are direct payments to
the county and require little or no special
Have no problems with state
grants. -City manager, Missouri.
Surprisingly, the regulations are relatively
simple, always explained in
person, and administered with much
flexibility. Only the timeliness of grant
availability being relayed to the city is a
We do not have any of the problems
listed. .. with state grants.
manager, New Mexico.
State grant system is equitable, fairly
administered; no problems for this
City manager, Tennessee.
(2) Project grants are particularly bothersome;
COnversely, general support or block grants are
You know I'm too busy to fill out the
above. Let's just say that project grants
are a pain in the neck.
No problem on general support and
formula grants. On project grants,
bureaucracy in lower echelons can drive
one up a tree.
City manager, Michigan.
Except for a few exceptions, the grants
and contracts offices of New Jersey state
agencies function as an effective bureaucratic
buffer which greatly hinders the
flow of tax dollars to those areas of the
state most needing grant assistance; this
is especially true as regards project
County manager, New Jersey.
In the view of this city, the amount of
time required to administer, comply and
report in connection with state grant
Programs is many times excessive in connection
with the amount of the grant. It
Would be far better for state to adopt a
"general revenue sharing" approach,
with minimal restrictive requirements
and allow city to allocate grant funds to
City manager, California.
Instead of working under the categorical
formula and project grant program,
the state could more ably assist municipalities
by adopting legislation comparable
to the Federal Community Development
block grant program.
Borough manager, Pennsylvania.
(3) Perhaps as great as the concern over administration
is the frustration with the level of
state funding and the uncertainty of the flow of
Annual funding without commitment
makes it difficult to run coherent programs.
Village manager, Illinois.
There are several serious deficiencies in
the present state system of aid including
the following: ... an over-emphasis on
reimbursements for allocating state aid
... levels of aid inadequate to provide
properly for relief. . . unpredictable
levels of state aid .... -Mayor, Massachusetts.
... the need to assure funding and not
get caught up in legislative hassles is important.
-County commissioner, Pennsylvania.
State should be able to make advance
grants for operating funds. Currently state
grants are made on a reimbursement
(4) Inevitably the state and Federal grant systems
are compared, sometimes favorable to the states,
State funding programs are, in general,
much easier to work with than
City manager, Minnesota.
Only where Federal funds are involved
do state red tape requirements become
difficult. -County administrator, Minnesota.
State officials are, on the whole, less
knowledgeable, less able, more involved
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