Cost of Community Service (COCS) Project
of Community Services (COCS) studies are undertaken to examine the
impacts of various land uses, including residential and agricultural
lands, on a community’s fiscal balance sheet in a single year. Most
COCS studies have shown similar results. Residential land is more
costly to service than all other types of land, while the reverse is
true for agricultural and open space lands.
project will make innovative use of the COCS approach to examine the
impact of Wisconsin’s agricultural use valuation policy on local
revenues and expenditures. By involving a cross-section of Wisconsin
communities and examining two historical sets of data, namely 1996 and
2004, we will be able to discern potential impacts of the policy on
different regions of the state. Sensitivity analyses will also be
conducted to examine the validity of the COCS method.
Funding for this
project was provided by the University of Wisconsin Consortium for
Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources and the
University of Wisconsin-Extension Western District Urban Initiative.
resources are provided for communities participating in the project:
Cost of Community
Agricultural Use Value
For additional information related to this project please contact
Rebecca Roberts at (715) 346-4322 or