What Is Local Government Planning?
Governments at all levels plan. The federal government has the responsibility to anticipate the country's current and future needs in defense, economic stability and growth and many other areas. State governments look ahead to determine needs for transportation, welfare, education and other fields. Local governments must also develop plans; they adopt annual budgets, recommend bond issues and provide new services and facilities. Governmental planning pertains to a deliberate, organized process of governmental policy making and operations. Both officials and concerned individuals and groups need to share in such planning if it is to be an effective method for community improvement.
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