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MRSC's Search Tips

MRSC's website contains thousands of webpages, blog posts, publications, sample documents, and other resources for local governments. Here are some tips to help you find what you're looking for:


In general:

​Make sure your search term is not too complicated. Simpler search terms are usually better. The longer or more complicated your search query is, the less likely it is that you will find what you're looking for. For instance:

  • Bad search term: can we prepare a biennial budget?
  • Good search term: biennial budgets
  • Good search term: biennial budget ordinances

If you're getting too many results or the results aren't relevant:

Try entering the same search term in exact quotes. For instance, instead of typing public development authority, try "public development authority". Using quotes will limit your results to the documents that contain that exact phrase.

Try narrowing your search to a specific section of our website. Our website search bar, by default, searches all sections, but it prioritizes our topic pages. If you know you're looking for a specific type of content, such as a blog post, publication, or sample document, you can use the drop-down menu to search a specific section:

  • Topic Pages – Webpages that provide a wide variety of explanation, legal guidance, and policy examples. This is a great place to get an overview of a topic, often with links to relevant statutes, court decisions, sample documents, and recommended resources for further reading.
  • Blog – Articles written on a regular basis by our attorneys and topic experts. These posts are typically shorter and more narrowly focused than our topic pages, honing in on specific questions, new legislation and court decisions, or emerging issues.
  • Inquiries – Selected questions we've answered in recent years. Please note that we post very few of the inquiries that we receive, trying to focus on common questions or timely issues, and all questions have been stripped of any identifying information.
  • Publications – Longer PDF documents that provide very detailed information on key topics such as public records, open public meetings, budgeting, procurement, the roles of elected officials, and more.
  • Sample Documents – Examples of local government policies, procedures, ordinances, RFPs, job descriptions, and more that our staff have collected and curated over time. (See below for more information.)

If you're looking for a sample document:

You can either:

  • Select "Sample Documents" in the search drop-down menu, or
  • Visit our Sample Document Library, where you can do an even more powerful search that is restricted to sample documents only. The default search is "All Sample Documents," but you can also use the drop-down menu to select specific document types such as policies & procedures, ordinances & resolutions, RFPs, job descriptions, etc.

Still can't find what you're looking for? Ask MRSC!

Officials and employees from eligible government agencies can use our free one-on-one inquiry service, Ask MRSC. With one call or click you can get a personalized answer from one of our trusted attorneys, policy consultants, or finance experts!

Ask MRSC  or call us at 1-800-933-6772.


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