Recession Taking A Bite Out of City Budgets

A new report from The National League of Cities shows that declining property and sales income is impacting city coffers, resulting in layoffs and cuts to construction projects.
September 1, 2009, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Sales tax income is down across the nation by an average of 3.8%.

"Overall city revenues declined by 0.4%, even as expenses rose 2.5%, and city officials expect steep drops in tax collections in the next two years, making for the worst outlook in the 24 years the group has been surveying its members. Western cities were particularly downbeat."

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Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in The Wall St. Journal
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