States Cut Funds to Cities

State budget problems are trickling down to cities, which are being cut off from funding by their governors.
March 25, 2011, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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Governments in states like Ohio and Nebraska are making big cuts to support for their cities.

"Some mayors said the proposed cuts could force them to raise local property taxes, even as many homeowners complain that they are already overtaxed. Many are combing through their budgets, looking to wring out more savings where they can. Libraries may close. Garbage collection could be curtailed. Potholes might linger a bit longer. Some warned that they could be forced to lay off more city workers, including police officers and firefighters.

For cities like Cleveland, the proposed cuts in state aid mean that the light at the end of the budgetary tunnel is that much farther off."

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Published on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in The New York Times
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