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Fall 2017Q32aSome local governments collect internal data that measure their own operations (such as tons of trash collected, emergency response times, etc.). Some collect external data about other local governments for comparing their performance or costs against that of other units. Meanwhile, some local governments don't collect data in either of these ways. What about your jurisdiction? Do you collect such data? (check all that apply) Yes, we collect internal data regarding our own operations

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q32bSome local governments collect internal data that measure their own operations (such as tons of trash collected, emergency response times, etc.). Some collect external data about other local governments for comparing their performance or costs against that of other units. Meanwhile, some local governments don't collect data in either of these ways. What about your jurisdiction? Do you collect such data? (check all that apply) Yes, we collect external data about other governments

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q32cSome local governments collect internal data that measure their own operations (such as tons of trash collected, emergency response times, etc.). Some collect external data about other local governments for comparing their performance or costs against that of other units. Meanwhile, some local governments don't collect data in either of these ways. What about your jurisdiction? Do you collect such data? (check all that apply) No, we don't collect data about our own or other governments' operations

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q32dSome local governments collect internal data that measure their own operations (such as tons of trash collected, emergency response times, etc.). Some collect external data about other local governments for comparing their performance or costs against that of other units. Meanwhile, some local governments don't collect data in either of these ways. What about your jurisdiction? Do you collect such data? (check all that apply) Don't know

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q33Some local jurisdictions may not end up using the performance data they collect, and others may use data only occasionally on an ad hoc basis. Meanwhile, some jurisdictions use data in a systematic way as part of a formal program, for example, holding regular meetings where performance data are used to guide decision-making. Which of the following approaches best describes your jurisdiction's use of the performance data it collects?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q34aPlease identify the extent to which, overall, your jurisdiction uses the following types of data regarding your internal operations (or operations you contract out). Measures of inputs (amount of resources used, such as tons of road salt)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q34bPlease identify the extent to which, overall, your jurisdiction uses the following types of data regarding your internal operations (or operations you contract out). Measures of workload (such as number of fire runs, miles of roads plowed, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q34cPlease identify the extent to which, overall, your jurisdiction uses the following types of data regarding your internal operations (or operations you contract out). Measures of efficiency or unit cost (such as cost per fire run, cost of providing trash collection services per capita, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q34dPlease identify the extent to which, overall, your jurisdiction uses the following types of data regarding your internal operations (or operations you contract out). Measures of effectiveness (quantifiable results of a program, such as decrease in crime, increase in park attendance, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q34ePlease identify the extent to which, overall, your jurisdiction uses the following types of data regarding your internal operations (or operations you contract out). Measures of citizen satisfaction (citizen ratings of programs, such as number of complaints received or survey reports of satisfaction)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q34fPlease identify the extent to which, overall, your jurisdiction uses the following types of data regarding your internal operations (or operations you contract out). Measures on contracted services (measures of inputs, workload, etc., on services that your jurisdiction contracts out from private firms, nonprofits, or other governments)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q35aThinking about who in your jurisdiction is involved in various aspects of your performance management efforts (including data collection, analysis, and reporting), which of the following best describes how your jurisdiction's performance management efforts are structured? Our performance management activities primarily involve... (check all that apply) Staff whose sole job responsibility is performance management

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q35bThinking about who in your jurisdiction is involved in various aspects of your performance management efforts (including data collection, analysis, and reporting), which of the following best describes how your jurisdiction's performance management efforts are structured? Our performance management activities primarily involve... (check all that apply) Regular staff who have other (non-performance management) job responsibilities

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q35cThinking about who in your jurisdiction is involved in various aspects of your performance management efforts (including data collection, analysis, and reporting), which of the following best describes how your jurisdiction's performance management efforts are structured? Our performance management activities primarily involve... (check all that apply) Elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q35dThinking about who in your jurisdiction is involved in various aspects of your performance management efforts (including data collection, analysis, and reporting), which of the following best describes how your jurisdiction's performance management efforts are structured? Our performance management activities primarily involve... (check all that apply) An external organization or consultant

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q35eThinking about who in your jurisdiction is involved in various aspects of your performance management efforts (including data collection, analysis, and reporting), which of the following best describes how your jurisdiction's performance management efforts are structured? Our performance management activities primarily involve... (check all that apply) Don't know

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36aHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36bHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36cHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36dHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36eHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36fHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q36gHow would you rate the overall effectiveness of your jurisdiction's use of performance data for the following purposes?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q37Thinking about the amount and types of data your jurisdiction collects and the ways it uses the data to make decisions, would you say the current scope of your jurisdiction's performance management efforts is too large, too small, or just right?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q38How likely is it that your jurisdiction will either cut back or expand its performance management activities within the next 12 months?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39aTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Costs required to collect and use performance data

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39bTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Dedicating the necessary personnel

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39cTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Ability to obtain external data regarding other jurisdictions

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39dTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Ability to make sense of performance data

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39eTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Access to appropriate/useful technology to manage the data your jurisdiction collects

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39fTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Ability to tie performance data to jurisdiction's goals

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39gTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Ability to implement change in response to data findings

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q39hTo what extent, if any, would you say that the following are problems that your jurisdiction has faced within the last 12 months in its use of performance data? Ability to collect measures on services that are contracted out from other providers

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q40aTo the best of your knowledge, to what extent do the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's Board/Council

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q40bTo the best of your knowledge, to what extent do the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's managers

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q40cTo the best of your knowledge, to what extent do the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's non-managerial employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q40dTo the best of your knowledge, to what extent do the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's citizens

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q41Overall, do you agree or disagree that performance management activities are worthwhile for your jurisdiction?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q42Even though your jurisdiction does not currently use performance data, looking ahead, how likely or unlikely is it that your jurisdiction will adopt new uses of performance data in your jurisdiction's decision-making within the next 12 months?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43aRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Costs required to collect and use performance data

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43bRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Dedicating the necessary personnel

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43cRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Ability to obtain external data regarding other jurisdictions

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43dRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Ability to make sense of performance data

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43eRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Access to appropriate/useful technology to manage the data your jurisdiction collects

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43fRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Ability to tie performance data to jurisdiction's goals

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43gRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Ability to implement change in response to data findings

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q43hRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction is currently considering new uses of performance data in decision-making, to what extent, if any, would you expect that the following would be problems for your jurisdiction in the use of performance data? Ability to collect measures on services that are contracted out from other providers

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q44aIn your opinion, would the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's Board/Council

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q44bIn your opinion, would the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's managers

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q44cIn your opinion, would the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's non-managerial employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q44dIn your opinion, would the following groups support or oppose your jurisdiction using performance data to guide decision-making? The majority of your jurisdiction's citizens

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Fall 2017Q45Overall, do you agree or disagree that performance management activities would be worthwhile for your jurisdiction?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance Management
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Spring 2017Q2During the next twelve months, do you think your community will have good times financially, or bad times?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
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Spring 2017Q3aWould you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in this fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2017Q3bWould you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in the next fiscal year compared to this fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2017Q4aComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from property taxes

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2017Q4bComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2017Q4cComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2017Q4dComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Ability of your jurisdiction to repay its debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2017Q4eComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of federal aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2017Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2017Q4gComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Tax delinquencies

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2017Q4hComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress | Housing | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2017Q4iComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Public safety needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
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Spring 2017Q4jComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Infrastructure needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Infrastructure
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Spring 2017Q4kComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Human service needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
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Spring 2017Q4lComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: General government operations needs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | General operations
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Spring 2017Q4mComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Number of employees that work for your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2017Q4nComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Pay rates for your jurisdiction's employee wages & salaries

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q4oComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's employee pensions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2017Q4pComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's current employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2017Q4qComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's retired employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2017Q5aNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Property tax rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2017Q5bNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Charges for fees, licenses, etc

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2017Q5cNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on general fund balance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2017Q5dNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on "rainy day" funds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2017Q5eNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of services provided

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2017Q5fNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
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Spring 2017Q5gNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual infrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Infrastructure
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Spring 2017Q5hNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual human services spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | Human services
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Spring 2017Q5iNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual government operations spending

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | General operations
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Spring 2017Q5jNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Economic Development and Community Development | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2017Q5kNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Debt
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Spring 2017Q5lNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Sale of public assets (i.e., parks, buildings, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Revenue | Privatization | Revenues
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Spring 2017Q5mNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Privatizing or contracting out of services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2017Q5nNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number and/or scope of interlocal agreements or other cost-sharing plans with other governments.

Major Tags: Intergovernmental Cooperation | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Level of collaboration
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Spring 2017Q5oNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number of employees that work for your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2017Q5pNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employee pay rates

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q5qNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2017Q5rNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of contributions to retirement funds

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2017Q5sNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Retirees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2017Q6Different local jurisdictions manage their unreserved/unassigned general fund balances in different ways depending on their specific circumstances. Despite these differences, we're interested in tracking overall changes in these balances over time. Approximately what was your jurisdiction's unreserved/unassigned general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures at the end of its last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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Spring 2017Q7Thinking about your jurisdiction's fiscal needs, overall, do you consider your jurisdiction's unreserved/unassigned general fund balance to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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Spring 2017Q8In your opinion, is your jurisdiction's cash flow and its ability to pay bills in a timely manner a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2017Q9aThinking about the overall fiscal stress of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the best: perfect fiscal health and 10 is the worst: fiscal crisis, how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal stress today?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2017Q9bThinking about the overall fiscal stress of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the best: perfect fiscal health and 10 is the worst: fiscal crisis, how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal stress as you expect it to be five years from now?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2017Q18aDoes your jurisdiction have any paid employees other than elected officials? If so, which of the following type(s)? None: we have no paid employees besides elected officials

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q18bDoes your jurisdiction have any paid employees other than elected officials? If so, which of the following type(s)? Full-time

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q18cDoes your jurisdiction have any paid employees other than elected officials? If so, which of the following type(s)? Part-time

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q18dDoes your jurisdiction have any paid employees other than elected officials? If so, which of the following type(s)? Seasonal

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q18eDoes your jurisdiction have any paid employees other than elected officials? If so, which of the following type(s)? Temporary/Irregular

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q19aOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's pay rate(s) for new hires or current employees to be too high, about right, or too low? New hires

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q19bOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's pay rate(s) for new hires or current employees to be too high, about right, or too low? Current employees

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2017Q20aDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to new hires and/or current employees? New hires

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2017Q20bDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to new hires and/or current employees? Current employees

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2017Q21aOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's fringe benefits package(s) - or lack thereof - for new hires and/or current employees to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? New hires

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2017Q21bOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's fringe benefits package(s) - or lack thereof - for new hires and/or current employees to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Current employees

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2017Q29In general, how would you describe the public's perception of government workers in your jurisdiction?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Trust in local government
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Fall 2016Q3dTo what extent, if any, would you say the following factors have had a positive or negative impact on the relationship between the State and local governments in Michigan? Behavior of local officials (professionalism, ethics, etc.)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | Local government job performance | Local government ethics | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q3eTo what extent, if any, would you say the following factors have had a positive or negative impact on the relationship between the State and local governments in Michigan? The State's system of funding local government

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | State oversight | Fiscal health | Revenue | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | Relations with state government
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Fall 2016Q5cHow much of the time do you think you can trust each of the following levels of government to do what is right? Other local governments

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental relations | Local government job performance | Trust in local government
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Fall 2016Q8bSome people think that certain policy issues should be managed at the state level rather than the local level for a variety of reasons (for example, efficiency or consistency across jurisdictions). Others think local home rule is more important. In each of the following broad policy areas, how do you generally think authority should be divided between the state and local levels of government? Local finance and tax policy

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Relations with state government | State mandates and preemption | System of funding local government
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Fall 2016Q12aFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Population loss

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Fall 2016Q12bFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Economic decline

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Fall 2016Q12cFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Rising costs to provide services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Fall 2016Q12dFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Citizen opposition to millage or other revenue increases

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Revenue | Property taxes | Fiscal health/stress
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Fall 2016Q12eFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? State decisions affecting local government (e.g., revenue sharing, Headlee / Proposal A, local revenue options, unfunded mandates, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress | State mandates and preemption | System of funding local government
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Fall 2016Q12fFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Local government corruption and/or mismanagement

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Fall 2016Q12gFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Local government decisions to provide generous retiree pensions/benefits and/or decisions to underfund retiree obligations

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2016Q2During the next twelve months, do you think your community will have good times financially, or bad times?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
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Spring 2016Q3aWould you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in this fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2016Q3bWould you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in the next fiscal year compared to this fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2016Q4aComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from property taxes

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q4bComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2016Q4cComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2016Q4dComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Ability of your jurisdiction to repay its debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2016Q4eComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of federal aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q4gComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Tax delinquencies

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2016Q4hComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress | Housing | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2016Q4iComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Public safety needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
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Spring 2016Q4jComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Infrastructure needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Infrastructure
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Spring 2016Q4kComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Human service needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
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Spring 2016Q4lComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: General government operations needs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | General operations
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Spring 2016Q4mComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Number of employees that work for your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2016Q4nComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Pay rates for your jurisdiction's employee wages & salaries

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2016Q4oComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's employee pensions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2016Q4pComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's current employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2016Q4qComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's retired employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2016Q5aNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Property tax rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q5bNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Charges for fees, licenses, etc

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2016Q5cNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on general fund balance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2016Q5dNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on "rainy day" funds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2016Q5eNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of services provided

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2016Q5fNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
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Spring 2016Q5gNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual infrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Infrastructure
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Spring 2016Q5hNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual human services spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | Human services
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Spring 2016Q5iNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual government operations spending

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | General operations
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Spring 2016Q5jNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Economic Development and Community Development | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2016Q5kNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Debt
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Spring 2016Q5lNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Sale of public assets (i.e., parks, buildings, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Revenue | Privatization | Revenues
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Spring 2016Q5mNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Privatizing or contracting out of services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2016Q5nNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number and/or scope of interlocal agreements or other cost-sharing plans with other governments.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Level of collaboration
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Spring 2016Q5oNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number of employees that work for your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2016Q5pNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employee pay rates

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2016Q5qNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2016Q5rNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of contributions to retirement funds

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2016Q5sNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Retirees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2016Q6Different local jurisdictions manage their unreserved/unassigned general fund balances in different ways depending on their specific circumstances. Despite these differences, we're interested in tracking overall changes in these balances over time. Approximately what was your jurisdiction's unreserved/unassigned general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures at the end of its last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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Spring 2016Q7Thinking about your jurisdiction's fiscal needs, overall, do you consider your jurisdiction's unreserved/unassigned general fund balance to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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Spring 2016Q8In your opinion, is your jurisdiction's cash flow and its ability to pay bills in a timely manner a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2016Q9aThinking about the overall fiscal stress of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the best: perfect fiscal health and 10 is the worst: fiscal crisis, how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal stress today?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2016Q9bThinking about the overall fiscal stress of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the best: perfect fiscal health and 10 is the worst: fiscal crisis, how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal stress as you expect it to be five years from now?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2016Q10aNext, we want to get an overall sense of the level of satisfaction with the services your jurisdiction currently provides. Thinking about any important aspects of service provision (such as the range of different types of services offered, the amount and quality of those services, etc.), overall, how satisfied would you say the following people or groups are with your jurisdiction's current services? The majority of your jurisdiction's citizens are...

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision
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Spring 2016Q10bNext, we want to get an overall sense of the level of satisfaction with the services your jurisdiction currently provides. Thinking about any important aspects of service provision (such as the range of different types of services offered, the amount and quality of those services, etc.), overall, how satisfied would you say the following people or groups are with your jurisdiction's current services? The majority of your jurisdiction's Board/Council are...

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision
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Spring 2016Q10cNext, we want to get an overall sense of the level of satisfaction with the services your jurisdiction currently provides. Thinking about any important aspects of service provision (such as the range of different types of services offered, the amount and quality of those services, etc.), overall, how satisfied would you say the following people or groups are with your jurisdiction's current services? You personally in your role as a local official are

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision
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Spring 2016Q11aWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Police services

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations | Public Safety
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Police services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11bWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Fire services

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations | Public Safety
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Fire services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11cWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Parks / recreation / libraries

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11dWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Roads

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations | Infrastructure
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Roads | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11eWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Public transportation / transit

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Transportation | Transit | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11fWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Economic development

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11gWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? Utilities (water, sewer, lighting, etc.)

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q11hWe are interested in views about the trade-off between services and taxes. Thinking about particular services your jurisdiction may currently offer, if your jurisdiction's citizens were facing significant service cuts, in your opinion, what would they choose? Would the majority of citizens be more likely to choose higher taxes to avoid those service cuts or would they choose cuts to public services to avoid higher taxes? General operations / governance (tax collections, accounting, training for officials, etc.)

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Taxes | General operations | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2016Q12aThinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction (for example, the Headlee Amendment, Proposal A, etc.), if the economy improves gradually over the coming years, do you agree or disagree that the current system of funding local government will provide adequate funding to maintain the current quantity and quality of services your jurisdiction provides?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q12bThinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction (for example, the Headlee Amendment, Proposal A, etc.), if the economy improves gradually over the coming years, do you agree or disagree that the current system of funding local government will provide adequate funding to improve or add more services, if they are necessary or desired?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2016Q13Would you say you agree or disagree that the system of funding local government in Michigan is broken and needs significant reform?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14aWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Enable regional tax-base sharing among local units

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Taxes | Intergovernmental Cooperation | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14bWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Reform tax increment financing/tax captures (e.g., DDAs, TIFs, LDFAs) to limit impact on general government revenues

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14cWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Allow local governments to raise revenues through local-option taxes (e.g., sales, gas, hotel taxes, etc.)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14dWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Compel the State to pay for

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform | State mandates and preemption
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Spring 2016Q14eWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Increase maximum allowable local millage rates

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14fWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Reform Headlee Amendment to eliminate or limit millage rate roll-backs

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14gWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Establish automatic millage rate

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14hWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Reform Proposal A to allow more taxable value growth for individual properties

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14iWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Restore full statutory revenue sharing (i.e., reverse cuts that began in early 2000s)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14jWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Add services that are not currently taxed to the state sales tax base

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14kWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Increase rates on state taxes with revenue-sharing components (e.g., sales, gas)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q14lWhether or not you think the current system is broken, to what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the system of funding local government in Michigan? Other

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q15aWhile many of these potential reforms may be important, we're interested in the reforms you believe are most critical. Looking at the potential changes listed above in Q14 that you support, please identify which you feel are the top three priorities for how Michigan's system of funding local government should be reformed. Top priority:

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q15bWhile many of these potential reforms may be important, we're interested in the reforms you believe are most critical. Looking at the potential changes listed above in Q14 that you support, please identify which you feel are the top three priorities for how Michigan's system of funding local government should be reformed. Second priority:

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q15cWhile many of these potential reforms may be important, we're interested in the reforms you believe are most critical. Looking at the potential changes listed above in Q14 that you support, please identify which you feel are the top three priorities for how Michigan's system of funding local government should be reformed. Third priority:

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government | State government reform
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Spring 2016Q16aIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local property tax millage rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | Property taxes | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16bIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local income tax

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16cIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local sales tax

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16dIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local gas tax

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16eIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16fIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local public utility taxes / fees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16gIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local hotel / tourism tax

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16hIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Local motor vehicle license / registration fees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q16iIf your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional local revenues - including options that may not be available currently - would you support or oppose your jurisdiction introducing or increasing the following local revenue options? Regional tax-base sharing

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2016Q20Which of the following best describes your jurisdiction's role, if any, in the shared water system?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services | Infrastructure
Related Topics: Service provision | Water
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Spring 2016Q25aPlease indicate whether your jurisdiction uses each of the following options to fund drinking water, and whether or not each has been increased in the last few years? General fund contributions

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services | Infrastructure
Related Topics: Revenue | Service spending | Water
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Spring 2016Q28aThinking about the last two years, have landowners for any of the following classes of real property in your jurisdiction appealed their tax assessments - either to your jurisdiction's Board of Review or directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal? Commercial "big box" stores (e.g., Lowe's, Costco, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q28bThinking about the last two years, have landowners for any of the following classes of real property in your jurisdiction appealed their tax assessments - either to your jurisdiction's Board of Review or directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal? Other commercial properties aside from "big box" stores

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q28cThinking about the last two years, have landowners for any of the following classes of real property in your jurisdiction appealed their tax assessments - either to your jurisdiction's Board of Review or directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal? Industrial

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q28dThinking about the last two years, have landowners for any of the following classes of real property in your jurisdiction appealed their tax assessments - either to your jurisdiction's Board of Review or directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal? Residential

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q28eThinking about the last two years, have landowners for any of the following classes of real property in your jurisdiction appealed their tax assessments - either to your jurisdiction's Board of Review or directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal? Agricultural

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q28fThinking about the last two years, have landowners for any of the following classes of real property in your jurisdiction appealed their tax assessments - either to your jurisdiction's Board of Review or directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal? Other

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q29Did any of these landowners appeal a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q30aThinking about any appeals of a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in the last two years, how did your jurisdiction respond? We stipulated/agreed to the value(s) the landowner stated in their Michigan Tax Tribunal petition.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q30bThinking about any appeals of a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in the last two years, how did your jurisdiction respond? We stipulated/agreed to an alternate taxable value with landowner prior to the Tax Tribunal hearing.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q30cThinking about any appeals of a Board of Review determination to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in the last two years, how did your jurisdiction respond? We defended the assessment before the Tax Tribunal.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q31To what extent - if at all - did the cost of legal representation for the appeal impact your decision to stipulate rather than defend the original assessment before the Tax Tribunal?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q32your decision to stipulate rather than defend the original assessment before the Tax Tribunal?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q33Overall, how much of a problem - if at all - are property tax appeals for your jurisdiction's current fiscal health?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Fiscal health | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q34In some jurisdictions, retail chains (including "big box" stores) have appealed their property tax assessments claiming their buildings are hard to sell for another use, making the market value significantly lower than construction costs. Recently, the Michigan Tax Tribunal has generally ruled that tax assessments for these properties should be based upon the selling price of comparable vacant "dark stores." To what extent do you agree or disagree that tax assessments of retail chain stores should be based on comparable vacant "dark stores?"

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Spring 2016Q35Some jurisdictions have enacted local ordinances to address "dark stores" appeals (for example, requiring new commercial buildings to be constructed for more general reuse or addressing these issues in terms of deed restrictions). Which of the following best describes the actions - if any - your jurisdiction has taken to minimize the impact of "dark stores" tax appeals?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Tax assessment appeals
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Fall 2015Q12aWe're interested in how costs are divided when services are shared jointly between multiple jurisdictions, or provided by one jurisdiction for another. Thinking about the primary service delivery arrangement in your jurisdiction for each of the following services, do you think your jurisdiction pays too much, about the right amount, or not enough of the total costs of services provided, or does your jurisdiction not share service delivery? Fire services

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Service spending | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q12bWe're interested in how costs are divided when services are shared jointly between multiple jurisdictions, or provided by one jurisdiction for another. Thinking about the primary service delivery arrangement in your jurisdiction for each of the following services, do you think your jurisdiction pays too much, about the right amount, or not enough of the total costs of services provided, or does your jurisdiction not share service delivery? Law enforcement

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Service spending | Police services
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Fall 2015Q12cWe're interested in how costs are divided when services are shared jointly between multiple jurisdictions, or provided by one jurisdiction for another. Thinking about the primary service delivery arrangement in your jurisdiction for each of the following services, do you think your jurisdiction pays too much, about the right amount, or not enough of the total costs of services provided, or does your jurisdiction not share service delivery? Ambulance / EMS

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Service spending | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q13aTo what extent do you agree or disagree that your jurisdiction has enough funding to meet its current fire protection needs?

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q13bTo what extent do you agree or disagree that your jurisdiction has enough funding to meet its current law enforcement needs?

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Police services
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Fall 2015Q13cTo what extent do you agree or disagree that your jurisdiction has enough funding to meet its current ambulance / EMS needs?

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q14aNow, do you think your jurisdiction appropriates too much, about the right amount, or too little funding to meet its fire protection needs?

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q14bNow, do you think your jurisdiction appropriates too much, about the right amount, or too little funding to meet its law enforcement needs?

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Police services
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Fall 2015Q14cNow, do you think your jurisdiction appropriates too much, about the right amount, or too little funding to meet its ambulance / EMS needs?

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q15aIn recent years, has your jurisdiction tried to raise local funding for any of the following services through either new or renewed public safety millage(s) or special assessment(s)? Fire services

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Property taxes | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q15bIn recent years, has your jurisdiction tried to raise local funding for any of the following services through either new or renewed public safety millage(s) or special assessment(s)? Law enforcement

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Property taxes | Police services
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Fall 2015Q15cIn recent years, has your jurisdiction tried to raise local funding for any of the following services through either new or renewed public safety millage(s) or special assessment(s)? Ambulance / EMS

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Property taxes | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q16aWould you, in your role as a local official, support or oppose your jurisdiction pursuing additional local funding for any of the following public safety services through either a new millage or special assessment? Fire services

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Property taxes | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q16bWould you, in your role as a local official, support or oppose your jurisdiction pursuing additional local funding for any of the following public safety services through either a new millage or special assessment? Law enforcement

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Property taxes | Police services
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Fall 2015Q16cWould you, in your role as a local official, support or oppose your jurisdiction pursuing additional local funding for any of the following public safety services through either a new millage or special assessment? Ambulance / EMS

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Property taxes | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q17aDo any of the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction offset expenses by using cost recovery policies/ordinances (for example, charging for fire runs, hazardous material incidents, police calls, or imposing extra fees on drunken driver or moving vehicle citations, etc.) for the following services? Fire services

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Revenue | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q17bDo any of the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction offset expenses by using cost recovery policies/ordinances (for example, charging for fire runs, hazardous material incidents, police calls, or imposing extra fees on drunken driver or moving vehicle citations, etc.) for the following services? Law enforcement

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Revenue | Police services
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Fall 2015Q17cDo any of the public safety departments that serve your jurisdiction offset expenses by using cost recovery policies/ordinances (for example, charging for fire runs, hazardous material incidents, police calls, or imposing extra fees on drunken driver or moving vehicle citations, etc.) for the following services? Ambulance / EMS

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Revenue | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q18aThinking about any important aspects of the cost recovery policies/ordinances used in your jurisdiction (e.g., cost savings, collection issues, public satisfaction), overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the use of cost recovery for each of the following services? Fire services

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Revenue | Fire services
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Fall 2015Q18bThinking about any important aspects of the cost recovery policies/ordinances used in your jurisdiction (e.g., cost savings, collection issues, public satisfaction), overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the use of cost recovery for each of the following services? Law enforcement

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Revenue | Police services
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Fall 2015Q18cThinking about any important aspects of the cost recovery policies/ordinances used in your jurisdiction (e.g., cost savings, collection issues, public satisfaction), overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the use of cost recovery for each of the following services? Ambulance / EMS

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Revenue | EMS services
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Fall 2015Q22aThinking about law enforcement issues, to what extent, if any, would you say the following are currently (or have recently been) problems in your jurisdiction? Violent crimes (e.g., rape, assault, homicide, etc.)

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service demand | Police services
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Fall 2015Q22bThinking about law enforcement issues, to what extent, if any, would you say the following are currently (or have recently been) problems in your jurisdiction? Property crimes (e.g., burglary, vandalism, identity theft, embezzlement, etc.)

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service demand | Police services
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Fall 2015Q22cThinking about law enforcement issues, to what extent, if any, would you say the following are currently (or have recently been) problems in your jurisdiction? Drug crimes (e.g., possession, manufacturing, distribution, etc.)

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service demand | Police services
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Fall 2015Q22dThinking about law enforcement issues, to what extent, if any, would you say the following are currently (or have recently been) problems in your jurisdiction? Public-order offenses (e.g., DUI, weapons violations, disorderly conduct, traffic violations, etc.)

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service demand | Police services
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Fall 2015Q22eThinking about law enforcement issues, to what extent, if any, would you say the following are currently (or have recently been) problems in your jurisdiction? Crime overall in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Services | Public Safety | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service demand | Police services
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Spring 2015Q2aThinking about business conditions in your community, do you think that during the next twelve months your community will have good times financially, or bad times financially?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
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Spring 2015Q3aThinking about the financial needs of your jurisdiction, would you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in this fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2015Q3bThinking about the financial needs of your jurisdiction, would you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in the next fiscal year compared to this fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2015Q4aComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from property taxes

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2015Q4bComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2015Q4cComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2015Q4dComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Ability of your jurisdiction to repay its debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2015Q4eComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of federal aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2015Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2015Q4gComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Tax delinquencies

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2015Q4hComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress | Housing | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2015Q4iComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Population of your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2015Q4jComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Public safety needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
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Spring 2015Q4kComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Infrastructure needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service demand | Finances | Infrastructure
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Spring 2015Q4lComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Human service needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
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Spring 2015Q4mComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: General government operations needs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | General operations
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Spring 2015Q4nComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Number of employees that work for your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2015Q4oComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Pay rates for your jurisdiction's employee wages & salaries

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2015Q4pComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's employee pensions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q4qComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's current employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2015Q4rComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's retired employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q5aNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Property tax rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2015Q5bNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Charges for fees, licenses, etc

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2015Q5cNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on general fund balance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2015Q5dNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on "rainy day" funds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2015Q5eNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of services provided

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2015Q5fNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
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Spring 2015Q5gNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual infrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Infrastructure
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Spring 2015Q5hNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual human services spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | Human services
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Spring 2015Q5iNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual government operations spending

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | General operations
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Spring 2015Q5jNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Economic Development and Community Development | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2015Q5kNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Debt
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Spring 2015Q5lNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Sale of public assets (i.e., parks, buildings, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Revenue | Privatization | Revenues
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Spring 2015Q5mNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Privatizing or contracting out of services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2015Q5nNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number and/or scope of interlocal agreements or other cost-sharing plans with other governments.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Level of collaboration
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Spring 2015Q5oNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction's workforce hiring

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2015Q5pNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction's workforce layoffs

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2015Q5qNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction not filling vacant positions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2015Q5rNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employee pay rates

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2015Q5sNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2015Q5tNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of contributions to retirement funds

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q5uNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Retirees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q6When does your jurisdiction's fiscal year end?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal year
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Spring 2015Q7aThinking about your jurisdiction's last fiscal year, were general fund revenues higher or lower than what they were projected to be in its originally adopted general fund budget?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Revenue | General fund balance
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Spring 2015Q7bThinking about your jurisdiction's last fiscal year, were general fund expenditures higher or lower than what they were projected to be in its originally adopted general fund budget?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Spending | General fund balance
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Spring 2015Q8Different local jurisdictions manage their unreserved general fund balances in different ways depending on their specific circumstances. Despite these differences, we're interested in tracking overall changes in these balances over time. Approximately what was your jurisdiction's unreserved/unassigned general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures at the end of its last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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Spring 2015Q9Thinking about your jurisdiction's fiscal needs, overall, do you consider your jurisdiction's unreserved general fund balance to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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Spring 2015Q10In your opinion, is your jurisdiction's cash flow and its ability to pay bills in a timely manner a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2015Q11aThinking about the overall fiscal stress of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the best: perfect fiscal health and 10 is the worst: fiscal crisis, how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal stress today?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2015Q11bThinking about the overall fiscal stress of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the best: perfect fiscal health and 10 is the worst: fiscal crisis, how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal stress as you expect it to be five years from now?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2015Q13aRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? Majority of your jurisdiction's Board/Council would prefer to...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q13bRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? Majority of your jurisdiction's citizens would prefer to...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q13cRegardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget surplus this year, in your opinion, what would be the highest priority for using any potential surplus (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to spend the budget surplus on public services or infrastructure, save that money for future use, use it to pay down any debt your jurisdiction may have, or reduce taxes? You personally in your role as a local official would prefer to...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q14aNow, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? Majority of your jurisdiction's Board/Council would prefer to...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q14bNow, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? Majority of your jurisdiction's citizens would prefer to...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q14cNow, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction expects to have a budget deficit this year, in your opinion, what would be the preferred method for eliminating any potential deficit (if it had one) according to the following groups or individuals? Do you think that they would prefer to cut costs/services, increase taxes, use any savings your jurisdiction may have, or increase debt (if legally allowable)? You personally in your role as a local official would prefer to...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q15First, does your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement income benefits (defined benefit pensions, defined contribution plans such as an IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type plan, etc.) to any current or former employees and/or elected officials?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q16aDo you think your jurisdiction should be providing retirement income benefits to current and/or retired employees?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q16bDo you think your jurisdiction should be providing retirement income benefits to current and/or former elected officials?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q17aThere are a number of different types of retirement income benefits that local governments might offer personnel, including a defined contribution plan (i.e., IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type plan), a defined benefit plan (i.e., a traditional pension), or a hybrid plan (i.e., a plan that combines features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual). Which type(s) of retirement income benefits, if any, does your jurisdiction offer to each of the following groups? New hires

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q17bThere are a number of different types of retirement income benefits that local governments might offer personnel, including a defined contribution plan (i.e., IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type plan), a defined benefit plan (i.e., a traditional pension), or a hybrid plan (i.e., a plan that combines features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual). Which type(s) of retirement income benefits, if any, does your jurisdiction offer to each of the following groups? Current employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q17cThere are a number of different types of retirement income benefits that local governments might offer personnel, including a defined contribution plan (i.e., IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type plan), a defined benefit plan (i.e., a traditional pension), or a hybrid plan (i.e., a plan that combines features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual). Which type(s) of retirement income benefits, if any, does your jurisdiction offer to each of the following groups? Retired employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q17dThere are a number of different types of retirement income benefits that local governments might offer personnel, including a defined contribution plan (i.e., IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type plan), a defined benefit plan (i.e., a traditional pension), or a hybrid plan (i.e., a plan that combines features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual). Which type(s) of retirement income benefits, if any, does your jurisdiction offer to each of the following groups? Current elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q17eThere are a number of different types of retirement income benefits that local governments might offer personnel, including a defined contribution plan (i.e., IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type plan), a defined benefit plan (i.e., a traditional pension), or a hybrid plan (i.e., a plan that combines features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual). Which type(s) of retirement income benefits, if any, does your jurisdiction offer to each of the following groups? Former elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q18aOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retirement income benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? New hires

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q18bOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retirement income benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Current employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q18cOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retirement income benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Retired employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q18dOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retirement income benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Current elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q18eOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retirement income benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Former elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19aWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Had an actuarial valuation of our defined benefit pension within the last 2 years

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19bWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Increased the years of service required and/or the age at which retirement benefits are available

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19cWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Increased employee contribution to defined benefit portion of the pension

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19dWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Reduced the multiplier that helps determine pension payments based on final average salary

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19eWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Reduced, eliminated, or postponed the cost of living adjustment (COLA)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19fWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Decreased the assumed rate of return for stock market investments in the pension fund

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19gWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Closed defined benefit pension to new individuals

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19hWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Converted to a defined contribution (IRA, 401a, 457b, or 401k-type) plan

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19iWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Converted to a hybrid (defined benefit and defined contribution) plan

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q19jWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its defined benefit and/or hybrid pension plans for any of its employees, elected officials, or retirees? Financed liability through bonds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q20Overall, how effective would you say your jurisdiction's efforts, if any, have been at controlling costs related to its retirement income benefits?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q21A jurisdiction's "actuarially required contribution" (ARC) to its pension fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's pension costs. Thinking specifically about defined benefit (i.e., traditional pensions) and/or hybrid plans, which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its pension fund during its previous fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q22To the best of your knowledge, are your jurisdiction's pension obligations currently fully funded?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q23Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction's defined benefit and/or hybrid plan pension obligations are currently fully funded, in your opinion, are these obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's fiscal health?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q24Looking ahead, how concerned are you, if at all, that your jurisdiction will not be able to fulfill its pension obligations to its retirees?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | Pensions
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Spring 2015Q25Does your jurisdiction provide any kind of retiree health care benefits to any current or former employees and/or elected officials?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q26aDo you think your jurisdiction should be providing retiree health care benefits to current and/or retired employees?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q26bDo you think your jurisdiction should be providing retiree health care benefits to current and/or former elected officials?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q27aTo which of the following groups does your jurisdiction offer retiree health care benefits? New hires

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q27bTo which of the following groups does your jurisdiction offer retiree health care benefits? Current employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q27cTo which of the following groups does your jurisdiction offer retiree health care benefits? Retired employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q27dTo which of the following groups does your jurisdiction offer retiree health care benefits? Current elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q27eTo which of the following groups does your jurisdiction offer retiree health care benefits? Former elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q28aOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retiree health care benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? New hires

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q28bOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retiree health care benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Current employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q28cOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retiree health care benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Retired employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q28dOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retiree health care benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Current elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q28eOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's retiree health care benefits - or lack thereof - for each of the following groups to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough? Former elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29aWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? In the process of or have completed actuarial study to determine/quantify liability

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29bWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Increased cost-sharing by retirees (e.g., higher premiums, co-payments, deductibles, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29cWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Increased the years of service required and/or the age at which retirement benefits are available

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29dWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Reduced or eliminated benefits for spouses and/or dependents

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29eWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Introduced less expensive health care and/or prescription plan options

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29fWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Implemented a wellness plan (e.g., incentives for annual physicals, weight management, smoking cessation, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29gWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Converted to a defined contribution/stipend in place of a defined benefit health plan

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29hWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Introduced a retirement health savings account (HSA) option

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29iWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Financed liability through bonds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29jWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Created or joined a qualified health care trust

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q29kWhich of the following actions, if any, has your jurisdiction taken so far regarding its retiree health care benefits for any current or future retirees? Transferred retiree health care management to a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q30Overall, how effective would you say your jurisdiction's efforts, if any, have been at controlling costs related to its retiree health care benefits?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q31Following the roll-out of the federal Affordable Care Act, some local governments and private employers have transitioned their retirees to public health care exchanges. Other jurisdictions have decided not to, while still others have not even considered it. Which of the following best describes your jurisdiction's status?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q32Similar to an actuarially required contribution for a pension fund, a jurisdiction's "annual required contribution" (ARC) for its retiree health care fund is based on the benefits earned by employees in the current year, plus an amount to reduce any unfunded liabilities for past years. Some jurisdictions pay their retiree health care ARC in full each year. Others do not, and may just pay as they go for only that year's retiree health care costs. Which of the following statements best describes your jurisdiction's contributions to its retiree health care fund during its previous fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q34To the best of your knowledge, are your jurisdiction's retiree health care obligations currently fully funded?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q35Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction's retiree health care obligations are currently fully funded, in your opinion, are these obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's fiscal health?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q36Looking ahead, how concerned are you, if at all, that your jurisdiction will not be able to fulfill its health care benefit obligations to its retirees?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37aThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Prohibit jurisdictions from providing retiree health care benefits for future retirees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | State mandates and preemption | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37bThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Set hard caps (i.e., percentage or dollar figure) on jurisdictions' contributions to retiree health care costs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | State mandates and preemption | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37cThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Create a state-wide Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) or assist jurisdictions in creating VEBAs to shift control of retiree health care benefits to employees and/or retirees themselves

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37dThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Create a state-pooled retiree health care benefit system

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37eThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Facilitate creation of private health care exchanges (like the public exchanges in the federal Affordable Care Act) for Michigan's local governments

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37fThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Create a state-wide bonding pool for funding retiree health care benefits

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q37gThinking about the following actions the State of Michigan could take to help local governments address retiree health care obligations, to what extent, if any, would you support or oppose the following possible state actions to help your jurisdiction better meet or reduce its retiree health care obligations? Ease credit rating-based restrictions so more jurisdictions could issue bonds for funding retiree health care benefits

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2015Q38Do you feel things in your jurisdiction are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten off on the wrong track?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
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Spring 2015Q39How would you rate the way your jurisdiction's governing board is performing its job?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
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Fall 2014q11Thinking beyond state funding, does your jurisdiction currently expend any own-source local revenues on road and/or bridge maintenance, improvement, or construction--either directly or as matching funds?

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service spending | Roads
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Fall 2014q12aWhich of the following local revenue sources does your jurisdiction use to fund its contributions to road and/or bridge maintenance, improvement, or construction: Your jurisdiction's general fund

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service spending | Roads
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Fall 2014q12bWhich of the following local revenue sources does your jurisdiction use to fund its contributions to road and/or bridge maintenance, improvement, or construction: Special assessment(s)

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service spending | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q12cWhich of the following local revenue sources does your jurisdiction use to fund its contributions to road and/or bridge maintenance, improvement, or construction: Millage(s) levied by your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service spending | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q13aIn the last two years, has your jurisdiction tried to raise local funding for roads and/or bridges through a new or renewed road millage(s)?

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q13bIn the last two years, has your jurisdiction tried to raise local funding for roads and/or bridges through a special assessment(s)?

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q14aLooking ahead, if the state legislature does not significantly increase funding for roads and/or bridges in your jurisdiction, in your opinion, would the following groups or individuals support or oppose the pursuit of additional local revenue dedicated to roads, through existing options such as millages or potential new options like sales or fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees, etc.? The majority of your jurisdiction's Board/Council

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q14bLooking ahead, if the state legislature does not significantly increase funding for roads and/or bridges in your jurisdiction, in your opinion, would the following groups or individuals support or oppose the pursuit of additional local revenue dedicated to roads, through existing options such as millages or potential new options like sales or fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees, etc.? The majority of your jurisdiction's citizens

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q14cLooking ahead, if the state legislature does not significantly increase funding for roads and/or bridges in your jurisdiction, in your opinion, would the following groups or individuals support or oppose the pursuit of additional local revenue dedicated to roads, through existing options such as millages or potential new options like sales or fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees, etc.? The majority of your jurisdiction's business community

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q14dLooking ahead, if the state legislature does not significantly increase funding for roads and/or bridges in your jurisdiction, in your opinion, would the following groups or individuals support or oppose the pursuit of additional local revenue dedicated to roads, through existing options such as millages or potential new options like sales or fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees, etc.? You personally in your role as a local official

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q15aLooking ahead, if the state legislature does not significantly increase funding for the maintenance, improvement, and construction of roads and/or bridges in your jurisdiction, do you think the majority of your citizens would support or oppose raising additional local revenue through the following sources (if they were allowed in Michigan)? Special assessment

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q15bLooking ahead, if the state legislature does not significantly increase funding for the maintenance, improvement, and construction of roads and/or bridges in your jurisdiction, do you think the majority of your citizens would support or oppose raising additional local revenue through the following sources (if they were allowed in Michigan)? Local/county millage

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Property taxes | Roads
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Fall 2014q36cFirst of all, we are interested in your general opinions about the state of ethics and integrity in Michigan government. In general, how would you rate the following groups of people overall in terms of ethical behavior in their official positions? Elected and appointed officials in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q36dFirst of all, we are interested in your general opinions about the state of ethics and integrity in Michigan government. In general, how would you rate the following groups of people overall in terms of ethical behavior in their official positions? Local government elected and appointed officials in general across the state

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q37cTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the following types of Michigan government officials should be required to disclose their financial interests (occupations, sources of income, business interests, property holdings, creditors and debtors, etc.)? Local government elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | State government ethics
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Fall 2014q37dTo what extent do you agree or disagree that the following types of Michigan government officials should be required to disclose their financial interests (occupations, sources of income, business interests, property holdings, creditors and debtors, etc.)? Local government department and agency leaders

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q40aDoes your jurisdiction currently have any policies that prohibit, limit, or require disclosure for any of the following? Honoraria for local elected and/or appointed officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q40bDoes your jurisdiction currently have any policies that prohibit, limit, or require disclosure for any of the following? Gifts, food, travel, and lodging paid for by outside sources

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q41Does your jurisdiction's local government have a code of ethics?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q42How often, if at all, would you say local elected and/or appointed officials in your jurisdiction's government face issues that present potential conflicts of interest (that is, where the official or his/her family may receive tangible benefits--personal or business-related--because of actions taken or decisions made as a government official)?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q43aConcerns about government ethics--some with merit, others without--can sometimes be raised by citizens and organizations in the community. Please identify whether your jurisdiction has experienced any of the following in the last five years, and whether any of the actions ultimately resulted in findings of legitimate concern: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to potential ethical concerns

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q43bConcerns about government ethics--some with merit, others without--can sometimes be raised by citizens and organizations in the community. Please identify whether your jurisdiction has experienced any of the following in the last five years, and whether any of the actions ultimately resulted in findings of legitimate concern: Accusations of Open Meetings Act violations

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q43cConcerns about government ethics--some with merit, others without--can sometimes be raised by citizens and organizations in the community. Please identify whether your jurisdiction has experienced any of the following in the last five years, and whether any of the actions ultimately resulted in findings of legitimate concern: Accusations of impropriety against one or more of your jurisdiction's government officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q44Thinking back over the past five years, have you in your role as a local official ever come under pressure to do something that you felt might be unethical?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q45aPlease identify which of the following were sources from which you felt pressure to do something during the past five years that, in your role as a local official, you felt might be unethical: Other officials from your own jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Intragovernmental relations | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q45bPlease identify which of the following were sources from which you felt pressure to do something during the past five years that, in your role as a local official, you felt might be unethical: Officials from other jurisdictions or other levels of government

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q45cPlease identify which of the following were sources from which you felt pressure to do something during the past five years that, in your role as a local official, you felt might be unethical: Members of the business community

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q45dPlease identify which of the following were sources from which you felt pressure to do something during the past five years that, in your role as a local official, you felt might be unethical: Members of the public

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q45ePlease identify which of the following were sources from which you felt pressure to do something during the past five years that, in your role as a local official, you felt might be unethical: Family and friends

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Fall 2014q46Overall, how satisfied are you with your jurisdiction's policies and practices governing ethics?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Local government ethics
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Spring 2014Q2aThinking about business conditions in your community, do you think that during the next twelve months your community will have good times financially, or bad times financially?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
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Spring 2014Q3aThinking about the financial needs of your jurisdiction, would you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in this fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2014Q3bThinking about the financial needs of your jurisdiction, would you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in the next fiscal year compared to this fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2014Q4aComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from property taxes

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2014Q4bComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2014Q4cComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2014Q4dComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Ability of your jurisdiction to repay its debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2014Q4eComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of federal aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2014Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2014Q4gComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Tax delinquencies

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2014Q4hComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress | Housing | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2014Q4iComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Population of your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2014Q4jComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Public safety needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
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Spring 2014Q4kComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Infrastructure needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Infrastructure
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Spring 2014Q4lComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Human service needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
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Spring 2014Q4mComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: General government operations needs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | General operations
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Spring 2014Q4oComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Pay rates for your jurisdiction's employee wages & salaries

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2014Q4pComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's employee pensions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2014Q4qComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's current employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q4rComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's retired employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2014Q5aNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Property tax rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2014Q5bNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Charges for fees, licenses, etc

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2014Q5cNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on general fund balance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2014Q5dNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on "rainy day" funds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2014Q5eNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of services provided

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2014Q5fNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
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Spring 2014Q5gNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual infrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Infrastructure
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Spring 2014Q5hNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual human services spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | Human services
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Spring 2014Q5iNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual government operations spending

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | General operations
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Spring 2014Q5jNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Economic Development and Community Development | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2014Q5kNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Debt
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Spring 2014Q5lNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Sale of public assets (i.e., parks, buildings, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Revenue | Privatization | Revenues
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Spring 2014Q5mNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Privatizing or contracting out of services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q5nNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number and/or scope of interlocal agreements or other cost-sharing plans with other governments.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Level of collaboration
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Spring 2014Q5oNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction's workforce hiring

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2014Q5pNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction's workforce layoffs

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2014Q5qNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction not filling vacant positions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2014Q5rNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employee pay rates

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2014Q5sNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q5tNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of contributions to retirement funds

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2014Q5uNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Retirees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2014Q6aOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's pay rate(s) for new hires to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2014Q6bOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's pay rate(s) for current employees to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2014Q6cOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's pay rate(s) for current elected officials to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2014Q7aDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to new hires?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q7bDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to current employees?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q7cDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to current elected officials?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q8aOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's fringe benefits package(s) - or lack thereof - for new hires to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q8bOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's fringe benefits package(s) - or lack thereof - current employees to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q8cOverall, do you consider your jurisdiction's fringe benefits package(s) - or lack thereof - current elected officials to be too generous, about right, or not generous enough?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q9aOverall, do you consider the contributions (i.e., co-pays, deductibles, or share of premiums) your jurisdiction's new hires make toward their health care benefits to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q9bOverall, do you consider the contributions (i.e., co-pays, deductibles, or share of premiums) your jurisdiction's current employees make toward their health care benefits to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q9cOverall, do you consider the contributions (i.e., co-pays, deductibles, or share of premiums) your jurisdiction's current elected officials make toward their health care benefits to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2014Q10Does your jurisdiction currently contract out any services or governmental operations, or has it in the past? This could include privatization of services to the public such as for parks and recreation or for the jurisdiction's internal operations such as attorney/legal services or administrative functions.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11aAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Utilities/water/sewer

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Infrastructure | Water | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11bAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Waste/recycling

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11cAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: 911 emergency services (dispatch, ambulance, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Public safety | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11dAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Health and human services (child welfare, foster care, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Human services | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11eAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Parks and recreation

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11fAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Streetlights (installation, maintenance, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11gAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Street repair/road maintenance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Roads | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11hAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Snow plowing and salting

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Roads | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11iAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Parking structures/parking meters

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11jAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Vehicle towing and storage

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11kAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Land use planning

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11lAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Engineering

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11mAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Surveying

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11nAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Inspections (electrical, plumbing, building code, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11oAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Property assessing

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11pAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Tax collection

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11qAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Fleet management/vehicle maintenance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11rAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Groundskeeping/custodial/general facility maintenance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11sAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Economic development services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Economic development | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11tAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Attorney/legal services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11uAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Printing and document services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11vAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Information technology

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Technology | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q11wAlthough some of these may not apply to your jurisdiction, please indicate, as far as you know, which of the following types of services or operations your jurisdiction has privatized, either in whole or in part: Other administrative functions (payroll, purchasing, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q12aWe'd like to get a sense of your satisfaction with your jurisdiction's privatization efforts in general. We know that different efforts yield different results, but overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with your government's privatization efforts to date in terms of cost savings?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q12bWe'd like to get a sense of your satisfaction with your jurisdiction's privatization efforts in general. We know that different efforts yield different results, but overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with your government's privatization efforts to date in terms of quality of service delivery?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q12cWe'd like to get a sense of your satisfaction with your jurisdiction's privatization efforts in general. We know that different efforts yield different results, but overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with your government's privatization efforts to date in terms of timeliness of service delivery?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q12dWe'd like to get a sense of your satisfaction with your jurisdiction's privatization efforts in general. We know that different efforts yield different results, but overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with your government's privatization efforts to date in terms of responsiveness of contractor(s)?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q12eWe'd like to get a sense of your satisfaction with your jurisdiction's privatization efforts in general. We know that different efforts yield different results, but overall, would you say you have been generally satisfied or dissatisfied with your government's privatization efforts to date in terms of your jurisdiction's privatization efforts overall?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q13Does your jurisdiction use any techniques to systematically evaluate its privatized services or operations?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q14aWhich of the following aspects of privatized service delivery or operations are typically evaluated by your jurisdiction? Citizen satisfaction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q14bWhich of the following aspects of privatized service delivery or operations are typically evaluated by your jurisdiction? Cost

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q14cWhich of the following aspects of privatized service delivery or operations are typically evaluated by your jurisdiction? Compliance with delivery standards specified

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q15As far as you know, has your local government brought back in-house any services or operations that were previously contracted out?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q16aWhich of the following factors, if any, played a part in your jurisdiction's decision to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house? Service quality was not satisfactory

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q16bWhich of the following factors, if any, played a part in your jurisdiction's decision to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house? Relationship with contractor(s) was not satisfactory

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q16cWhich of the following factors, if any, played a part in your jurisdiction's decision to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house? The cost savings were insufficient

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q16dWhich of the following factors, if any, played a part in your jurisdiction's decision to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house? There were problems monitoring the contract(s)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q16eWhich of the following factors, if any, played a part in your jurisdiction's decision to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house? Local government efficiency improved

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q16fWhich of the following factors, if any, played a part in your jurisdiction's decision to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house? There was strong political support to bring the service(s) or operation(s) back in-house

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q17aWhether or not your jurisdiction is currently engaged in privatization efforts, in your view, how do the following people and groups in your jurisdiction feel about your government's current overall level of privatization of services and operations, or lack thereof? Do they think there is too much, the right amount, or not enough privatization? The majority of your jurisdiction's Board or Council thinks there is currently...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q17bWhether or not your jurisdiction is currently engaged in privatization efforts, in your view, how do the following people and groups in your jurisdiction feel about your government's current overall level of privatization of services and operations, or lack thereof? Do they think there is too much, the right amount, or not enough privatization? You personally think there is currently...

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18aWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Availability of private firms or providers

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18bWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Desire to improve quality of services or operations

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18cWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Desire to improve quality of services or operations

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18dWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Desire for more flexibility in service delivery/intermittent need

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18eWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Desire for more flexibility in staffing

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18fWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Prior positive experience with privatization

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18gWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Fiscal pressures, such as decreased jurisdiction revenues

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18hWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Local political climate emphasizing a decreased role for government

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18iWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? The influence of citizens

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18jWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? The influence of businesses or business groups

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18kWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? The influence of your jurisdiction's elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18lWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? The influence of your jurisdiction's employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18mWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Labor contracts in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q18nWe are also interested in the factors that may encourage or discourage privatization. Whether or not your jurisdiction is currently involved in privatization effort(s) of any kind, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in encouraging your jurisdiction to contract out services or operations? Lack of in-house expertise or resources

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19aNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Lack of availability of private firms or providers

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19bNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Higher costs than expected from private service delivery or bids

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19cNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Prior negative experience with privatization

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19dNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Local political climate emphasizing public control over service delivery

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19eNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? The influence of citizens

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19fNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? The influence of businesses or business groups

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19gNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? The influence of your jurisdiction's elected officials

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19hNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? The influence of your jurisdiction's employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19iNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Labor contracts in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19jNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Sufficient in-house expertise or resources

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19kNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Lack of in-house ability to oversee contracts

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q19lNow, as far as you know, have any of the following factors played a role in discouraging your jurisdiction from contracting out services or operations? Lack of precedent

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q20Looking ahead, is your jurisdiction currently studying or planning any new or significantly expanded privatization efforts?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2014Q21Does your jurisdiction use multi-year financial projections when developing its budget?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q22Some local jurisdictions are moving to formal multi-year budgeting, rather than the traditional single-year budgeting. Others are not. Does your jurisdiction adopt single-year budgets or multi-year budgets?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q23How likely is it that your jurisdiction will adopt formal multi-year budgeting in the next 12 months?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q24Different local jurisdictions manage their unreserved general fund balances in different ways depending on their specific circumstances. Despite these differences, we're interested in tracking overall changes in these balances over time. Approximately what was your jurisdiction's unreserved general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures at the end of its last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2014Q25Thinking about your jurisdiction's fiscal needs, overall, do you consider your jurisdiction's unreserved general fund balance to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2014Q26In your opinion, is your jurisdiction's cash flow and its ability to pay bills in a timely manner a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2014Q27aThinking about the overall fiscal health of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is "perfect fiscal health" and 10 is "fiscal crisis," how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal health today?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2014Q27bThinking about the overall fiscal health of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is "perfect fiscal health" and 10 is "fiscal crisis," how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal health as you expect it to be five years from now?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2014Q28aSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Long-Range Planning for Operating Budgets: policy(s) to assess long-term financial implications of operating budgets

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28bSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Long-Range Planning for Capital Budgets: policy(s) to assess long-term financial implications of capital budgets

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28cSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Asset Inventory: regularly updated inventory and assessment of the condition of all major capital assets (e.g., buildings, water and sewer, major equipment, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28dSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Fees and Charges: specific policy(s) for determining fees and charges

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28eSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: One-Time Revenues: policy(s) limiting the use of one-time revenues (e.g., from sale of government assets, grant monies, etc.) for ongoing expenditures

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28fSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Unpredictable Revenues: policy(s) on the use of unpredictable revenues (e.g., interest income, legal settlements, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28gSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: General Fund Balance: policy(s) that specify the level of unrestricted fund balance that should be maintained in the general fund

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28hSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Reserve or Stabilization Accounts or Other Fund Reserves: policy(s) to maintain a prudent level of financial resources to weather temporary revenue shortfalls or one-time expenditures

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28iSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Debt Level and Capacity: policy(s) on the maximum amount of debt and debt service that should be outstanding at any time (beyond state requirements)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q28jSome local governments adopt formal policies regarding financial planning and management, while others take a more informal approach. Below is a list of recommendations from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Thinking across your jurisdiction's various types of funds, generally speaking, please identify which of the following descriptions most closely represents your government's current policies or practices, if any, for each of these general GFOA recommendations: Balanced Budget Policy: commitment to a balanced budget and disclosure when deviations occur (beyond state requirements)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q29We're interested in how your local government's approach to financial management policies and practices may have changed over time. We know that different policies may be more or less formal, but thinking about your jurisdiction's financial management policies and practices overall, would you say in the last five years they have become more formalized, less formalized, or neither?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning
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Spring 2014Q32Do you feel things in your jurisdiction are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten off on the wrong track?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
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Spring 2014Q35How would you rate the way your jurisdiction's governing board is performing its job?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
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Fall 2013Q29Finally, we would like your opinions on some issues related to municipal bankruptcies. This past summer, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. How closely are you following issues surrounding Detroit's bankruptcy filing?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30aWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: Overall, Detroit's bankruptcy filing was the right thing to do.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30bWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: Bankruptcy will help Detroit restructure and cut costs, and therefore be in a better long term financial position.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30cWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: The bankruptcy process won't result in better policy making or management for the City of Detroit in the long run.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30dWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: Detroit's filing will make bankruptcies more likely among other struggling Michigan local governments.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30eWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: The State of Michigan should provide new financial assistance to help Detroit.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30fWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: The federal government should provide new financial assistance to help Detroit.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q30gWe're interested in local officials' views on issues related to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Based on what you know now, in general, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements: Detroit's fiscal health is important to Michigan's overall fiscal health.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31aWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: Michigan's reputation

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31bWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: The confidence of Michigan citizens in the state's future

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31cWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: Michigan's ability to attract tourism and conventions

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31dWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: The ability of Michigan's local governments to attract and retain talented public employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31eWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: Local government home rule and discretion under Michigan state law

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31fWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: Michigan local governments' cost of borrowing through issuing debt in the near term

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q31gWhat overall impact, if any, do you think Detroit's bankruptcy filing has had or will have on each of the following: Your jurisdiction's overall fiscal health

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32aNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Cuts in repayments to the jurisdiction's bondholders

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32bNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Cuts to pensions of the jurisdiction's current retirees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32cNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Cuts to fringe benefits (health care, etc.) of the jurisdiction's current retirees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32dNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Cuts to compensation (pay rates and/or fringe benefits) for the jurisdiction's current employees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32eNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Cuts to, or privatization of, some public services to reduce costs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32fNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Increase service sharing with other governments to reduce costs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32gNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Sell some jurisdiction assets (e.g., parkland, buildings, infrastructure, art holdings, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32hNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Raise local revenue through increased taxes or fees

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32iNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Financial assistance from the state government

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
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Fall 2013Q32jNow thinking in general, not specifically about Detroit, when a jurisdiction goes through bankruptcy, difficult decisions and trade-offs have to be made about ways of addressing the jurisdiction's debt. Although conditions in individual jurisdictions will vary, in your opinion, what priority should ultimately be given to the following possible actions in the course of bankruptcy: Financial assistance from the federal government

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Bankruptcy
see tables
Spring 2013Q2aThinking about business conditions in your community, do you think that during the next twelve months your community will have good times financially, or bad times financially?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
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Spring 2013Q3aThinking about the financial needs of your jurisdiction, would you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in this fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2013Q3bThinking about the financial needs of your jurisdiction, would you say that your unit of government is less able or better able to meet its financial needs in the next fiscal year compared to this fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Better/less able fiscal needs
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Spring 2013Q4aComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from property taxes

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
see tables
Spring 2013Q4bComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
see tables
Spring 2013Q4cComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
see tables
Spring 2013Q4dComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Ability of your jurisdiction to repay its debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt
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Spring 2013Q4eComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of federal aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2013Q4fComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Amount of state aid to your jurisdiction

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2013Q4gComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Tax delinquencies

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2013Q4hComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress | Housing | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
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Spring 2013Q4iComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Population of your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2013Q4jComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Public safety needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
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Spring 2013Q4kComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Infrastructure needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Infrastructure
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Spring 2013Q4lComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Human service needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
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Spring 2013Q4mComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Number of employees that work for your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2013Q4nComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Pay rates for your jurisdiction's employee wages & salaries

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2013Q4oComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's employee pensions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q4pComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's current employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2013Q4qComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Cost of your jurisdiction's retired employee health benefits

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q5aNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Property tax rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2013Q5bNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Charges for fees, licenses, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2013Q5cNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on general fund balance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
see tables
Spring 2013Q5dNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Reliance on "rainy day" funds

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2013Q5eNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of services provided

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q5fNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
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Spring 2013Q5gNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual infrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
see tables
Spring 2013Q5hNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Actual human services spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | Human services
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Spring 2013Q5iNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Economic Development and Community Development | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2013Q5jNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Debt
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Spring 2013Q5kNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Sale of public assets (i.e., parks, buildings, etc.)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Revenue | Privatization | Revenues
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Spring 2013Q5lNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Privatizing or contracting out of services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2013Q5mNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Number and/or scope of interlocal agreements or other cost-sharing plans with other governments.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Intergovernmental Cooperation
Related Topics: Level of collaboration
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Spring 2013Q5nNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction's workforce hiring

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2013Q5oNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction's workforce layoffs

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2013Q5pNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Your jurisdiction not filling vacant positions

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Size of workforce
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Spring 2013Q5qNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employee pay rates

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2013Q5rNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2013Q5sNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Employees' share of contributions to retirement funds

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q5tNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Retirees' share of premiums, deductibles and/or co-pays on health insurance

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q6aDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to new hires?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2013Q6bDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to current employees?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2013Q6cDoes your jurisdiction provide any fringe benefits (i.e., health care, dental, vision, life insurance, etc.) to current elected officials?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits
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Spring 2013Q7aDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement income benefits (defined benefit pensions, defined contribution plans, etc.) to new hires?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q7bDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement income benefits (defined benefit pensions, defined contribution plans, etc.) to current employees?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q7cDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement income benefits (defined benefit pensions, defined contribution plans, etc.) to retired employees?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q7dDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement income benefits (defined benefit pensions, defined contribution plans, etc.) to current elected officials?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q7eDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement income benefits (defined benefit pensions, defined contribution plans, etc.) to former elected officials?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q8aDoes your jurisdiction offer its personnel and/or current retirees a defined benefit plan?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q8bDoes your jurisdiction offer its personnel and/or current retirees a defined contribution only?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q8cDoes your jurisdiction offer its personnel and/or current retirees both a defined benefit plan for some employees, and a defined contribution for others?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q8dDoes your jurisdiction offer its personnel and/or current retirees a Hybrid plan (i.e., plan that combines features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual employee)?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q9How likely is it that your jurisdiction will introduce either a defined contribution plan or a hybrid plan (plans that combine features of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans for an individual employee) for its current personnel and/or new hires within the next 12 months?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q10Thinking specifically about defined benefit (i.e., traditional pensions) and/or hybrid plans, does your jurisdiction have unfunded fiscal obligations as a result of providing retirement income?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q11In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's unfunded pension and/or hybrid plan obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
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Spring 2013Q12aDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement health care or other post-employment benefit plans (sometimes referred to as "OPEB") to new hires?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q12bDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement health care or other post-employment benefit plans (sometimes referred to as "OPEB") to current employees?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q12cDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement health care or other post-employment benefit plans (sometimes referred to as "OPEB") to retired employees?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q12dDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement health care or other post-employment benefit plans (sometimes referred to as "OPEB") to current elected officials?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q12eDoes your jurisdiction offer any kind of retirement health care or other post-employment benefit plans (sometimes referred to as "OPEB") to former elected officials?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q13Does your jurisdiction have unfunded fiscal obligations as a result of providing retirement health care or other post-employment benefits?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q14In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's unfunded retiree health care or other post-employment benefit obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB
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Spring 2013Q15Are any of your jurisdiction's employees members of a public sector labor union?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q16aDoes your jurisdiction currently have a Police union?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations | Public Safety
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Police services | Unions
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Spring 2013Q16bDoes your jurisdiction currently have a Fire union?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations | Public Safety
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Fire services | Unions
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Spring 2013Q16cDoes your jurisdiction currently have a Department of Public Works (DPW) union?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Unions
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Spring 2013Q16dWhat type(s) of other public sector labor unions does your jurisdiction currently have (other than Police, Fire, DPW)?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Workforce conditions | Unions
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Spring 2013Q17In the last 12 months, has your jurisdiction negotiated with any of its labor unions on issues such as pay, benefits, staffing levels, or changes in work rules?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q18aWe understand labor negotiations can be complex, can include more than one union, and can include a lot of "give and take" where "concessions" may benefit both sides. From your jurisdiction's perspective, overall, what were the outcomes from negotiations concerning changes in union employee pay?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q18bWe understand labor negotiations can be complex, can include more than one union, and can include a lot of "give and take" where "concessions" may benefit both sides. From your jurisdiction's perspective, overall, what were the outcomes from negotiations concerning changes in union employee benefits?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q18cWe understand labor negotiations can be complex, can include more than one union, and can include a lot of "give and take" where "concessions" may benefit both sides. From your jurisdiction's perspective, overall, what were the outcomes from negotiations concerning changes in union employee staffing levels?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q18dWe understand labor negotiations can be complex, can include more than one union, and can include a lot of "give and take" where "concessions" may benefit both sides. From your jurisdiction's perspective, overall, what were the outcomes from negotiations concerning changes in union employee work rules?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q19Overall, how satisfied are you with the outcomes of negotiations with your jurisdiction's employee union(s) over the last 12 months?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q20Thinking ahead to the next 12 months, how likely is it that your jurisdiction will seek concessions -such as reduced pay or benefits, reduced staffing levels, or changes in work rules - from one or more of its employee unions?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q21In your opinion, overall, have the union(s) that represent your employees been an asset, a liability, or neither, to your jurisdiction's fiscal health in the last 12 months?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Unions
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Spring 2013Q22In your opinion, overall, have the union(s) that represent your employees been an asset, a liability, or neither, to your jurisdiction's overall performance in the last 12 months?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Unions
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Spring 2013Q23Thinking about the last 12 months, how would you describe, overall, the relationship between your jurisdiction's employee union(s) and your jurisdiction's administration?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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Spring 2013Q24Regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction has any public sector employee unions, we're interested in your views on Michigan's Right-To-Work laws (P.A. 348 and 349 of 2012) that took effect on March 28, 2013. How familiar would you say you are with Michigan's Right-To-Work Legislation?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State policies | Unions
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Spring 2013Q29aThinking about the current fiscal year, please indicate whether or not your jurisdiction utilized the following policies: Employee furloughs.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Workforce policies | Furloughs
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Spring 2013Q29bThinking about the current fiscal year, please indicate whether or not your jurisdiction utilized the following policies: A four-day work week.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Workforce policies | Four day work week
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Spring 2013Q29cThinking about the current fiscal year, please indicate whether or not your jurisdiction utilized the following policies: Early retirement incentives or buyouts.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Workforce policies | Early retirement
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Spring 2013Q29dThinking about the current fiscal year, please indicate whether or not your jurisdiction utilized the following policies: Reduced pay rates and/or benefits packages for new hires, compared to current employee compensation rates.

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
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Spring 2013Q30aThinking about the next fiscal year, how likely is it that your jurisdiction will utilize the following policies: Employee furloughs.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Workforce policies | Furloughs
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Spring 2013Q30bThinking about the next fiscal year, how likely is it that your jurisdiction will utilize the following policies: A four-day work week.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Workforce policies | Four day work week
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Spring 2013Q30cThinking about the next fiscal year, how likely is it that your jurisdiction will utilize the following policies: Early retirement incentives or buyouts.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Workforce policies | Early retirement
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Spring 2013Q30dThinking about the next fiscal year, how likely is it that your jurisdiction will utilize the following policies: Reduced pay rates and/or benefits packages for new hires, compared to current employee compensation rates.

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pay rates and wages
see tables
Spring 2013Q31aIn your current fiscal year, did your jurisdiction completely eliminate any particular services? Yes, service(s) completely eliminated and no longer provided at all.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q31bIn your current fiscal year, did your jurisdiction completely eliminate any particular services? Yes, service(s) completely eliminated, but now provided by another entity.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Privatization | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q31cIn your current fiscal year, did your jurisdiction completely eliminate any particular services? No.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q32aLooking ahead to the next fiscal year, do you expect your jurisdiction will completely eliminate any particular services? Yes, service(s) will be completely eliminated and no longer provided at all.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q32bLooking ahead to the next fiscal year, do you expect your jurisdiction will completely eliminate any particular services? Yes, service(s) will be completely eliminated, but will be provided by another entity.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q32cLooking ahead to the next fiscal year, do you expect your jurisdiction will completely eliminate any particular services? No.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Service spending | Service Provision
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Spring 2013Q33Different local jurisdictions manage their unreserved general fund balances in different ways depending on their specific circumstances. Despite these differences, we're interested in tracking overall changes in these balances over time. Approximately what was your jurisdiction's unreserved general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures at the end of its last fiscal year?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2013Q34Thinking about your jurisdiction's fiscal needs, overall, do you consider your jurisdiction's unreserved general fund balance to be too high, about right, or too low?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
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Spring 2013Q35In your opinion, is your jurisdiction's cash flow and its ability to pay bills in a timely manner a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2013Q36aThinking about the overall fiscal health of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is "perfect fiscal health" and 10 is "fiscal crisis," how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal health today?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2013Q36bThinking about the overall fiscal health of your jurisdiction today and what you expect it to be down the road - including any future financial obligations it may have - on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is "perfect fiscal health" and 10 is "fiscal crisis," how would you rate your jurisdiction's overall fiscal health as you expect it to be five years from now?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2013Q37aWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Federal forest land.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37bWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? State forest land.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37cWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Nonprofit land holdings such as conservation easements.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37dWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Other governmental property (for example, federal or state offices, libraries, etc.).

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37eWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Local K-12 school system property.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37fWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Universities or other higher education institutions.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37gWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Nonprofit hospital and health-care facilities.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37hWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Houses of public worship, burial grounds, religious tombs, or monuments.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37iWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Housing for elderly or disabled persons.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Housing | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37jWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Other non-profit organizations.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q37kWe're interested in getting a general sense about the impact of property-tax exemptions on your jurisdiction's tax revenues. Do you have any of the following types of property-tax exempt organizations or parcels within your jurisdiction? Principal residence exemptions for people in poverty.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q38aThinking about property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction, approximately how much do they represent of your jurisdiction's total number of parcels?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q38bThinking about property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction, approximately how much do they represent of your jurisdiction's total potential tax revenues?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q38cThinking about property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction, approximately how much do they represent of demands on your jurisdiction's service provision?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q39aSome people believe that certain property-tax exempt organizations benefit a community financially or in other ways (for example, through economic development, providing services the jurisdiction doesn't, improving quality of life, etc.). Others disagree. In your opinion, overall, are the property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction an asset, a liability, or both, to your jurisdiction's current fiscal health?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Fiscal health | Taxes and revenues | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q39bSome people believe that certain property-tax exempt organizations benefit a community financially or in other ways (for example, through economic development, providing services the jurisdiction doesn't, improving quality of life, etc.). Others disagree. In your opinion, overall, are the property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction an asset, a liability, or both, to your jurisdiction's future fiscal health?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Fiscal health | Taxes and revenues | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q39cSome people believe that certain property-tax exempt organizations benefit a community financially or in other ways (for example, through economic development, providing services the jurisdiction doesn't, improving quality of life, etc.). Others disagree. In your opinion, overall, are the property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction an asset, a liability, or both, to your jurisdiction's current quality of life?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q39dSome people believe that certain property-tax exempt organizations benefit a community financially or in other ways (for example, through economic development, providing services the jurisdiction doesn't, improving quality of life, etc.). Others disagree. In your opinion, overall, are the property-tax exempt organizations or parcels in your jurisdiction an asset, a liability, or both, to your jurisdiction's future quality of life?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q40To what extent, if any, has the impact of property tax exemptions (not including tax abatements for economic development) on your jurisdiction's revenue been a topic of discussion among your local leadership within the last 12 months?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Taxes | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Property tax exemptions
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Spring 2013Q51Do you feel things in your jurisdiction are generally going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten off on the wrong track?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
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Spring 2013Q56How would you rate the way your jurisdiction's governing board is performing its job?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
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Spring 2013Q59How much of the time do you think you can trust other local governments to do what is right?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Local government job performance | Trust in local government
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Fall 2012Q28aTo the best of your knowledge, please indicate whether your local government currently does any of the following electronically, either on its own or in collaboration with other governments or partners: Enable online payment for taxes, services, fees, fines, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Technology
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Spring 2012Q2Thinking about business conditions in your community, do you think that during the next twelve months your community will have good times financially, or bad times financially?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development and Community Development
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