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This study represents a survey of the budgetary procedures of selected elementary school districts in Marin County which recorded an average daily attendance over six hundred in the school year 1955-56.

The problem for this study may be stated as a question: What are desirable budgetary procedures for elementary school districts in Marin County having over six hundred average daily attendance. The problem emanates from the pertinent literature in this area which is summarized by the statement appearing in the New York State Budget Handbook wherein it states that budget development is not a simple process. There is the somewhat complicated problem of translating aims and objectives into numbers of personnel and supplies in addition to the pressing problem of the “tax consciousness” at the local level.

More specifically, the first purpose of the study was to determine the budgetary procedures which were currently practiced by the selected districts. The aforementioned questionnaire was developed which set forth a comprehensive list of desirable procedures as derived from the pertinent literature and consultation with business officials in the county. The tabulation of responses to this questionnaire made possible an evaluation of these procedures in terms of usage which satisfied the second purpose.

This tabulation aided in the third purpose which was to formulate a guide to budgetary procedures for use by the selected districts as well as others in Marin County.



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