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Spring 2018Q2During 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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
Spring 2018Q3aWould 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q3bWould 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4aComparing 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 2018Q4bComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4cComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4dComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4eComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4fComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4gComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q4hComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q5aNow, 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q5bNow, 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 2018Q5dNow, 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: Public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
see tables
Spring 2018Q5eNow, 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: Iinfrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Infrastructure
see tables
Spring 2018Q5fNow, 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: Human services spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | Human services
see tables
Spring 2018Q5gNow, 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: Government operations spending

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service spending | General operations
see tables
Spring 2018Q5hNow, 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q6Thinking 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q7In 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q8aThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q8bThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2018Q9cThinking first about your jurisdiction's current governing body (i.e., the County Commission, City Council or Commission, Village Council, or Township Board), how would you rate its effectiveness in performing the following functions? Overseeing the jurisdiction's Finances

Major Tags: Governmental Relations
Related Topics: Intragovernmental relations | Local government job performance | Job evaluation of own jurisdiction
see tables
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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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 | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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: Governmental Relations | 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
see tables
Fall 2016Q18aRecently, there have been calls for reforms to the Emergency Manager Law. To what extent would you support or oppose the following potential changes to the Emergency Manager Law? Require Emergency Managers (EMs) to plan for improving factors beyond just Finances (e.g., service delivery, infrastructure, quality of life)

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | State government reform | Emergency manager law
see tables
Fall 2016Q19Some believe that more proactive monitoring of local government Finances by the State could help avoid local fiscal emergencies through earlier detection and intervention. Others believe this may be unnecessary or even counterproductive. To what extent would you support or oppose more proactive State monitoring of Finances for all local governments in Michigan?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State authority | State mandates and preemption
see tables
Fall 2016Q22dTo what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following general statements about citizen engagement? Citizens in our jurisdiction want access to information about the government's Finances and operations.

Major Tags: Citizen Engagement
Related Topics: Trust in citizens | Engagement levels
see tables
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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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 | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues | Intergovernmental cooperation
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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 | Governmental Relations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental cooperation | 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 | Governmental Relations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental cooperation | 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 | Governmental Relations
Related Topics: Intergovernmental cooperation | 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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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
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 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 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 | 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 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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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 | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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 | Land use planning
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 | 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 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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Fall 2012Q7gPlease identify outcomes below that, in your opinion, have resulted from your jurisdiction's citizen engagement efforts. For example, to the best of your knowledge, has the amount of citizen participation increased, decreased, or not changed measurably due to your citizen engagement efforts: Demands on jurisdiction's budget

Major Tags: Citizen Engagement
Related Topics: Finances | Engagement levels
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Fall 2012Q29bWhich of the following - if any - have discouraged your jurisdiction's use of technology for citizen engagement? Lack of funding

Major Tags: Citizen Engagement
Related Topics: Finances | 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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
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Spring 2012Q3aThinking 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 2012Q3bThinking 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 2012Q4aComparing 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 2012Q4bComparing 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 2012Q4cComparing 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 2012Q4dComparing 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 2012Q4eComparing 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 2012Q4fComparing 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 2012Q4gComparing 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 2012Q4hComparing 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 2012Q4iComparing 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 2012Q4jComparing 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 2012Q4kComparing 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 2012Q4lComparing 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 2012Q5aNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5bNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5cNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5dNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5fNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5gNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5hNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5iNow, thinking about 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 | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2012Q5jNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5kNow, thinking about 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 2012Q5lNow, thinking about 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 2012Q26Does 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 2012Q27Some 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 2012Q28How 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 2012Q29Different 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 2012Q30Thinking 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 2012Q31In 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 2012Q34aMichigan's local jurisdictions currently have constraints on certain kinds of revenue growth (for example, the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A). Thinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction, if the economy improves 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 package of services your jurisdiction provides

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Servicesm State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q34bMichigan's local jurisdictions currently have constraints on certain kinds of revenue growth (for example, the Headlee Amendment and Proposal A). Thinking about the revenue caps facing your jurisdiction, if the economy improves 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: Finance Budget and Operations | Services | State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q35Some people think the current system for funding local government in Michigan needs significant reform, while others disagree. What about you? Would you say you agree or disagree that the system for funding local governments in Michigan needs significant reform?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36aNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Constitutional revenue sharing

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36bNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: The Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government | EVIP
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Spring 2012Q36cNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: The Headlee Amendment

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | Property taxes | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36dNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Proposal A

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | Property taxes | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36eNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Personal Property Tax (PPT)

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q36fNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Sales tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36gNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Gas tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36hNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Local income tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q36iNext we want to focus on which particular elements of the system for funding local government in Michigan you think need to be reformed in some significant fashion. How important, if at all, do you believe it is to significantly reform: Regional taxation

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | State policies | State government reform | System of funding local government
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Spring 2012Q38Now we want to ask about one particular tax, the Personal Property Tax (PPT). Does your jurisdiction currently receive any revenue from the Personal Property Tax (PPT)?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39aPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The PPT is difficult to administer because it is too complex.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39bPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The revenue raised in my jurisdiction is not worth the costs to administer the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39cPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: Overall, taxpayers in my jurisdiction accurately report their taxable value for the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39dPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: Personal property in my jurisdiction is audited frequently enough to ensure accuracy.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39ePersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The PPT is a barrier to economic development in my jurisdiction.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39fPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: If the state agrees to replace my jurisdiction's PPT revenues in full, I would support elimination of the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39gPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: If the state agrees to replace most of my jurisdiction's PPT revenues, I would support elimination of the PPT.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39hPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: If the state agrees to replace most or all PPT revenues (but it is not guaranteed in the Constitution), I trust the state will follow through in the future on its commitment to provide those funds.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q39iPersonal Property Tax (PPT) reform is a policy priority in Lansing, and we want to get your perspectives about the PPT overall. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following general statements about the PPT: The PPT currently is an important source of revenue for my jurisdiction's budget.

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q40aTo what extent would you say the following types of Personal Property Tax (PPT) are important sources of revenue for your jurisdiction's budget: Industrial personal property tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q40bTo what extent would you say the following types of Personal Property Tax (PPT) are important sources of revenue for your jurisdiction's budget: Commercial personal property tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q40cTo what extent would you say the following types of Personal Property Tax (PPT) are important sources of revenue for your jurisdiction's budget: Utility personal property tax

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Spring 2012Q41If the Personal Property Tax (PPT) is repealed (in full or in part) and replacement revenue is an option, do you believe the revenue should be collected and redistributed by the state, or should local jurisdictions have greater authority to raise and keep the revenue at the local level?

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Taxes | Finances | Revenue | Taxes and revenues | Personal property tax
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Fall 2011Q33aGovernor Snyder's administration has also developed a "citizen's guide" to state government Finances-- a multi-page report featuring the most important financial measures, including unfunded liabilities-- that is designed to be easily understood by the average citizen. The Snyder administration is also encouraging each Michigan local government to produce its own "citizen's guide." How effective or ineffective do you think a citizen's guide to local government Finances would be in helping to improve: your jurisdiction's accountability and transparency

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Outreach
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Fall 2011Q33bGovernor Snyder's administration has also developed a "citizen's guide" to state government Finances-- a multi-page report featuring the most important financial measures, including unfunded liabilities-- that is designed to be easily understood by the average citizen. The Snyder administration is also encouraging each Michigan local government to produce its own "citizen's guide." How effective or ineffective do you think a citizen's guide to local government Finances would be in helping to improve: your jurisdiction's performance

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Outreach
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Fall 2011Q33cGovernor Snyder's administration has also developed a "citizen's guide" to state government Finances-- a multi-page report featuring the most important financial measures, including unfunded liabilities-- that is designed to be easily understood by the average citizen. The Snyder administration is also encouraging each Michigan local government to produce its own "citizen's guide." How effective or ineffective do you think a citizen's guide to local government Finances would be in helping to improve: your jurisdiction's ability to benchmark or compare itself with other jurisdictions

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Performance management | Performance measurement and management | Outreach
see tables
Fall 2011Q40The EVIP revenue sharing funds are split into three categories: one based on accountability and transparency, one based on intergovernmental collaboration/consolidation/service sharing, and one based on employee compensation practices. Local governments that are eligible for EVIP revenue sharing funds can seek those funds in all three categories, or in only one or two of them. In order to receive the EVIP revenue sharing funds related to accountability and transparency, eligible jurisdictions must certify they have produced a performance dashboard and a citizen's guide to local government Finances by October 1, 2011. Did your jurisdiction certify that it had produced a performance dashboard and citizen's guide as of October 1, 2011?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | State Government
Related Topics: Performance management | State oversight | System of funding local government | Dashboard | EVIP
see tables
Spring 2011Q2Thinking 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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
Spring 2011Q3aThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q3bThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4aComparing 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 2011Q4bComparing 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 2011Q4cComparing 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 2011Q4dComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4eComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4fComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4gComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4hComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4iComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4jComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4kComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q4lComparing 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5aNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5bNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5cNow, thinking about 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 2011Q5dNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5fNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5gNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5hNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5iNow, thinking about 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 | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
see tables
Spring 2011Q5jNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5kNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q5lNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q18Does your jurisdiction adopt single-year budgets or multi-year budgets?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Financial planning
see tables
Spring 2011Q19How 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q20In your current fiscal year, has your jurisdiction had to make any significant mid-year adjustments due to an inaccurate budget forecast?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Financial planning | Fiscal health/stress
see tables
Spring 2011Q21Different 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q22Thinking 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q23In 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
see tables
Spring 2011Q24aDo you anticipate that your jurisdiction will have property tax charge-backs from your county government in the current or upcoming fiscal year: Yes, this year

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Fiscal health/stress | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
see tables
Spring 2011Q24bDo you anticipate that your jurisdiction will have property tax charge-backs from your county government in the current or upcoming fiscal year: Yes, next year

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Fiscal health/stress | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
see tables
Spring 2011Q24cDo you anticipate that your jurisdiction will have property tax charge-backs from your county government in the current or upcoming fiscal year: No

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Fiscal health/stress | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
see tables
Spring 2011Q25In your opinion, are these potential charge-backs to your jurisdiction 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 | Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues | Fiscal health/stress | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
see tables
Spring 2011Q57Thinking now about the Federal Stimulus Package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), overall, how much do you believe the Recovery Act has helped to improve economic conditions in your community to date?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2011Q58How much do you believe Recovery Act funding will improve economic conditions in your community in the long term?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2011Q59Overall, how much do you believe the Recovery Act has helped to improve economic conditions in the state of Michigan to date?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2011Q60How much do you believe Recovery Act funding will improve economic conditions in the state of Michigan in the long term?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2010Q2Thinking 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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
Spring 2010Q3aThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q3bThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q4aComparing 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 in: Revenue from property taxes

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
see tables
Spring 2010Q4bComparing 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 in: Revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
see tables
Spring 2010Q4cComparing 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 in: 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q4dComparing 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 in: 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q4eComparing 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 in: Tax delinquencies

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
see tables
Spring 2010Q4fComparing 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 in: Population of your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress
see tables
Spring 2010Q4gComparing 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 in: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress | Housing | Tax delinquencies and foreclosures
see tables
Spring 2010Q4hComparing 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 in: Public safety needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
see tables
Spring 2010Q4iComparing 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 in: Infrastructure needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Infrastructure
see tables
Spring 2010Q4jComparing 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 in: Human service needs

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
see tables
Spring 2010Q5aNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q5bNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q5cNow, thinking about 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 2010Q5dNow, thinking about 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 | Fiscal health/stress
see tables
Spring 2010Q5fNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q5gNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q5hNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q5iNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
see tables
Spring 2010Q5jNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q5lNow, thinking about 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q13Does your jurisdiction do formal single-year budgeting or multi-year budgeting?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Financial planning
see tables
Spring 2010Q14In your current fiscal year, has your jurisdiction had to make any significant mid-year adjustments due to an inaccurate budget forecast?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Financial planning
see tables
Spring 2010Q15Overall, how informed do you believe your jurisdiction's citizens are regarding your jurisdiction's Finances?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Trust in citizens
see tables
Spring 2010Q17Does your jurisdiction have a formal written policy regarding the required minimum level of its general fund balance or cash reserves?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
see tables
Spring 2010Q19Approximately 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
see tables
Spring 2010Q20Overall, do you consider your jurisdiction's unreserved general fund balance to be too high, about right, or not high enough?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | General fund balance
see tables
Spring 2010Q33In general, do you agree or disagree with the idea of tying state revenue sharing to certain base-level local services while allowing local governments to raise additional taxes for additional services?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
see tables
Spring 2010Q34aUnder this proposal, if your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional taxes, how likely would it be to: increase its property tax millage rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2010Q34bUnder this proposal, if your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional taxes, how likely would it be to: introduce or expand a local income tax

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2010Q34cUnder this proposal, if your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional taxes, how likely would it be to: introduce or expand a local sales tax

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2010Q34dUnder this proposal, if your jurisdiction had the authority to raise additional taxes, how likely would it be to: participate in a regional tax authority

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2010Q38Thinking now about the Federal Stimulus Package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), overall, how much do you believe the Recovery Act has helped to improve economic conditions in your community to date?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2010Q39How much do you believe Recovery Act funding will improve economic conditions in your community in the long term?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2010Q40Overall, how much do you believe the Recovery Act has helped to improve economic conditions in the state of Michigan to date?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2010Q41How much do you believe Recovery Act funding will improve economic conditions in the state of Michigan in the long term?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q22Thinking about business conditions in your community, do you think that during the next 12 months your community will have good times financially, or bad times financially?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Economic Development
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
Fall 2009Q33Has your jurisdiction received additional funding through formulas for existing programs as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q35Has your jurisdiction applied for other funding through Recovery Act competitive grant programs?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37aWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Weren't aware of the opportunity

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37bWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Didn't have the resources to pursue

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37cWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Too complicated to apply

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37dWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Not enough funding available to justify the effort

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37eWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Too many strings attached to funds

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37fWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: No need for funding

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37gWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Still planning to apply

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q37hWhy did your jurisdiction choose not to apply for competitive grants: Summary

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q38Overall, how much do you believe the Recovery Act has helped to improve economic conditions in your community to date?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q39How much do you believe Recovery Act funding will improve economic conditions in your community in the long term?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Finance Budget and Operations | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q40Overall, how much do you believe the Recovery Act has helped to improve economic conditions in the state of Michigan to date?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Fall 2009Q41How much do you believe Recovery Act funding will improve economic conditions in the state of Michigan in the long term?

Major Tags: Economic Development | Federal Government
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2009Q3Now, turning to 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
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Development conditions | Business conditions
see tables
Spring 2009Q4aThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2009Q4bThinking 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
see tables
Spring 2009Q5aComparing 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 in: revenue from property taxes.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
see tables
Spring 2009Q5bComparing 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 in: revenue from fees for services, licenses, transfers, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
see tables
Spring 2009Q5cComparing 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 in: revenue from local income taxes.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | Taxes and revenues
see tables
Spring 2009Q5dComparing 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 in: 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
see tables
Spring 2009Q5eComparing 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 in: amount of state aid to your jurisdiction.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Finances | Taxes and revenues
see tables
Spring 2009Q5fComparing 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 in: population of your jurisdiction.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Fiscal health/stress
see tables
Spring 2009Q5gComparing 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 in: public safety needs.

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Public safety
see tables
Spring 2009Q5hComparing 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 in: infrastructure needs.

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service demand | Infrastructure
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Spring 2009Q5iComparing 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 in: human service needs.

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Service provision | Finances | Service demand | Human services
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Spring 2009Q6aNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: property tax rates

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Revenue | Finances | Property taxes | Taxes and revenues
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Spring 2009Q6bNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: charges for fees, licenses, etc.

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Finances | Revenues
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Spring 2009Q6cNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: reliance on ending balance or reserve (rainy day funds)

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
see tables
Spring 2009Q6eNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: amount of debt

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Finances | Debt
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Spring 2009Q6fNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: privatizing or contracting out of services

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Services
Related Topics: Finances | Service provision | Privatization
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Spring 2009Q6kNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: actual infrastructure spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Infrastructure
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Spring 2009Q6lNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: actual public safety spending

Major Tags: Services | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Service spending | Public safety
see tables
Spring 2009Q6mNow, thinking about the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take regarding: funding for economic development programs

Major Tags: Economic Development
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Development program funding
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Spring 2009Q25Thinking about the Federal Stimulus Package, how informed do you feel you have been about the opportunities available to your jurisdiction through the Stimulus Package?

Major Tags: Economic Development
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
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Spring 2009Q26Some Stimulus Package funding has already been allocated and/or distributed, while funding decisions for other projects are still pending. Overall, considering the number and total cost of all of your requested projects, please estimate the portion of the total requested stimulus funding that has been approved for your jurisdiction so far.

Major Tags: Economic Development
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2009Q27In your opinion, what portion of the projects for which your unit of government requested Federal Stimulus Package funding would you have undertaken anyway, even without the possibility of Stimulus funding?

Major Tags: Economic Development
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
see tables
Spring 2009Q28Overall, do you think the Stimulus Package will significantly help improve the economic conditions in your community?

Major Tags: Economic Development
Related Topics: Development funding | Finances | Federal stimulus package
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