in the concluding chapter of the Committee on Geodesy (1980) report, and was reiterated in the Committee on Geodesy (1981) report.

8.4
ORGANIZING A PROGRAM OF FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Standards and procedures of the scope recommended in this report will not by themselves assure that cadastres will be organized on any broad scale. If the development of a multipurpose cadastre is left to wait for local leadership. the results will be slow to be realized, disjointed, and of uneven quality. There will be a risk of general rejection of this approach across the nation if the first few localities to attempt it are not successful.

The risks of such failures can be minimized with an adequate federal commitment to follow through with support for the cadastres and to maintain high standards of quality for the programs that are assisted. The stability that a federal assistance program would lend to development of local cadastres will foster many of the other long-range commitments that are important to its success, such as participation by private utility companies and the attraction of talented young people into the professional fields where they will be needed. The federal-aid highway program provides an example of the potential effect of such a program in generating high standards of professional work and productivity in the responsible offices of state governments throughout the nation.

The dimensions of a recommended program of federal assistance (see Section 7.5.5) with an estimated annual budget of $90 million, which represents 40 percent of the annual costs, are vaguely defined in this report. There is much that can be done at present to define more specifically how the program would work in states and counties, which would be bearing 60 percent of the costs (see Table 7.4), and to build a plan and budget for a federal program with enough specifies to be considered by the Congress.



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