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Basic Cost Benefit Analysis for Assessing Local Public Projects, Second Edition by Maryann O. Keating, Barry P. Keating

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CHAPTER 9

Case Study: Contracting Versus a Municipal Animal Control Shelter

We like to imagine coherent government planning. We like to think policy actions are predicated on careful and intelligent anticipation of consequences. But the nature of the beast is otherwise. Any rational coordination of means and ends goes out the window as soon as the political scramble for subsidies begins.

—Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Case studies, templates, proto-types, and standards are needed to refine and make cost benefit analysis (CBA) accessible to local decision makers. In this chapter, a CBA case study compares a proposal to accept a 3-year contract with the Humane Society versus an expansion of the present city owned and operated animal control program. ...

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