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Byrd, Brian. (2014). "Benefits of Well-Designed User Fees." The Creative Responses to Fiscal Stress Project, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University.

User fees present a viable option for local government to maintain service delivery in times of fiscal stress. Innovative user fees such as garbage tags and improvement districts allow local governments to raise additional funds to provide adequate service delivery. Although user fees can provide additional city funding, their application can be inequitable and regressive. Local governments must design user fees holistically and consider all the potential variables to justify their use and receive community support and acceptance.

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