Patterns of Government 2015

Structure and Services of County, City, Town, and Village Governments

A Study by F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse and the Community Benchmarks Program of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University

The 2015 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 F.O.C.U.S Greater Syracuse and University College of Syracuse University. Local government courses at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the 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.

Conscientious care was given to updating the information by Mathew Mazer, a Policy Studies student at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His efforts were supervised and guided by Carol Dwyer, director of the Community Benchmarks Program (CBP), also at the Maxwell School and Charlotte (Chuckie) Holstein, executive director of F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, Inc. In this edition the graphic design was created by Yu Ling, graduate student in public relations, Newhouse School of Public Communications. We express a hearty thank you to Mat and Yu for the excellence with which they completed their task.

A warm and hearty thank you to all the government officials who provided the most current information. Their valuable contributions make this edition an important source of 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 and 2015.

The 2015 edition of Patterns of Government is sponsored by F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, Inc. and the CBP of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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