A Cost of Community Services (CoCS) study provides information about the financial impact of existing land uses in a municipality. It is a snapshot in time of current revenues and expenditures on a land use basis. A CoCS study analyzes the financial demands of public services and shows how much it costs to provide these services to working lands and open space, residential, and commercial/industrial land uses.
The Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC), following the methodology developed by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), conducted a CoCS study for the Town of Cambridge, Vermont during the summer of 2005. This study provides a model that can be adapted by municipalities in Vermont and elsewhere.
The Cambridge study showed that year-round residential land uses cost the municipality nearly twice what pay in as revenue. AFT has collected the results of more than 80 CoCS studies based on their methodology from around the country; the results from LCPC’s Cambridge study are similar to those found in other communities.
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Downloads & Links
Cost of Community Services Study chapter from the Northwest Project final report. (372 kb)