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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
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2017Q6Different local jurisdictions manage their unreserved/unassigned general fund balances in different ways depending on their specific circumstances. Despite these differences, we're interested in tracking overall changes in these balances over time. Approximately what was your jurisdiction's unreserved/unassigned general fund balance as a percentage of general fund expenditures at the end of its last fiscal year?

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | General fund balance
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
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Fall 2016Q3eTo what extent, if any, would you say the following factors have had a positive or negative impact on the relationship between the State and local governments in Michigan? The State's system of funding local government

Major Tags: 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
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Fall 2016Q12aFirst, while any particular jurisdiction in fiscal distress faces unique challenges, in general, how important - if at all - do you think each of the following factors are in contributing to local government fiscal distress in Michigan? Population loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Fiscal health/stress
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Fall 2016Q14Thinking overall about local governments that have faced - or will face - a financial emergency, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Emergency Manager Law has been, or will be, at restoring Fiscal health in the short-term (i.e., balancing the books)?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2016Q2During the next twelve months, do you think your community will have good times financially, or bad times?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Revenue | Taxes | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government | Taxes and revenues | Intergovernmental cooperation
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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 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 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 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 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 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 2015Q7aThinking about your jurisdiction's last fiscal year, were general fund revenues higher or lower than what they were projected to be in its originally adopted general fund budget?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Debt | Taxes | Services | Tradeoffs
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Spring 2015Q22To the best of your knowledge, are your jurisdiction's pension obligations currently fully funded?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations | Workforce
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB
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Fall 2014q3bThinking about the condition of roads and bridges within your community overall, to what degree would you say their current condition has a positive or negative impact, if any, on the following? Your jurisdiction government's Fiscal health

Major Tags: Services | Infrastructure
Related Topics: Infrastructure conditions | Roads
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Spring 2014Q2aThinking about business conditions in your community, do you think that during the next twelve months your community will have good times financially, or bad times financially?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major Tags: State Government | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: State oversight | Revenue | Fiscal health | Finances | System of funding local government
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Spring 2014Q4hComparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to its previous fiscal year, please consider the ways the following items have changed. Indicate whether - in your opinion - there has been a decrease, an increase, or no change from the previous fiscal year: Home foreclosures in your jurisdiction

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

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

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2014Q5kNow, comparing your jurisdiction's current fiscal year to the next fiscal year, please indicate which actions your jurisdiction has taken or is likely to take: Amount of debt

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

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

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Finances | Fiscal health | Cash flow | Fiscal health/stress
see tables
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
see tables
Spring 2013Q11In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's unfunded pension and/or hybrid plan obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

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

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

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

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Unions
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Spring 2013Q27bThe Right-To-Work laws passed in Michigan cover not only public sector employee unions, but private sector unions as well. Again, regardless of whether or not your jurisdiction has any employee unions, what overall impact, if any, do you believe these Right-To-Work laws will have over time on the Fiscal health of your local government?

Major Tags: State Government | Economic Development
Related Topics: State policies | Fiscal health | Unions | Right to work
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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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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 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 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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
Spring 2012Q17In your opinion, overall, have the union(s) that represent your employees been an asset, a liability, or neither, to your jurisdiction's Fiscal health in the last 12 months?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Unions
see tables
Spring 2012Q18In your opinion, overall, have the union(s) that represent your employees been an asset, a liability, or neither, to your jurisdiction's overall performance in the last 12 months?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Fiscal health | Unions
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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
see tables
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 2012Q43Overall, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (P.A. 4 of 2011) has been, or will be, at restoring or protecting the Fiscal health of local governments across the state?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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 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 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 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 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 2011Q9In your opinion, overall, have the union(s) that represent your employees been an asset, a liability, or neither, to your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Unions
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Spring 2011Q27In your opinion, overall, have your DDA and/or other special taxing authorities been an asset, a liability, or neither to your jurisdiction's Fiscal health to date?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Development funding | Economic development
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Spring 2011Q29In your opinion, are the special taxing authorities' debt obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Taxes | Development funding | Economic development
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Spring 2011Q38In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's pension obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | Pensions
see tables
Spring 2011Q41In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's retiree health care or other post-employment benefit obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fiscal health | OPEB | Fiscal health/stress
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Spring 2011Q50Some people think this Act may help tough decisions be made at the local level. Others do not. Even if it is never actually applied in your jurisdiction, overall, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act will be at restoring or protecting your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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Spring 2011Q52Overall, how effective or ineffective do you believe the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act will be at restoring or protecting the Fiscal health of other local governments across the state?

Major Tags: State Government
Related Topics: State oversight | State policies | Emergency manager law
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 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 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
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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 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 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 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
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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
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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 2010Q27In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's pension obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Pensions
see tables
Spring 2010Q29In your opinion, are your jurisdiction's retiree health care obligations a significant fiscal problem, somewhat of a problem, not much of a problem, or not a problem at all for your jurisdiction's Fiscal health?

Major Tags: Workforce | Finance Budget and Operations
Related Topics: Employee compensation | Fringe benefits | OPEB
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
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 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
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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 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
see tables

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