Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2014 Data Tables

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Q28g. Some 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 general fund balances (policy(s) that specify the level of unrestricted fund balance that should be maintained in the general fund).

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
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 regarding general fund balances. Have a written policy, strictly followed 31% 11% 28% 13% 15%
Have a written policy, loosely followed 14% 4% 12% 11% 6%
Have no written policy, but follow specific practices 40% 45% 47% 43% 45%
Have no specific policies or practices 13% 29% 11% 21% 24%
Not Applicable 0% 3% 0% 4% 2%
Don't Know 1% 8% 3% 9% 7%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Population Size Crosstabulation
% within Population Size
  Population Size Total
<1500 1500-5000 5001-10000 10001-30000 >30000
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 regarding general fund balances. Have a written policy, strictly followed 9% 12% 21% 25% 44% 15%
Have a written policy, loosely followed 6% 5% 5% 10% 10% 6%
Have no written policy, but follow specific practices 42% 49% 43% 49% 31% 45%
Have no specific policies or practices 29% 24% 22% 13% 11% 24%
Not Applicable 4% 2% 1% 0% 0% 2%
Don't Know 9% 6% 8% 3% 3% 7%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.

Region of Michigan Crosstabulation
% within Region of Michigan
  Region of Michigan Total
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central Lower Peninsula East Central Lower Peninsula Southwest Lower Peninsula Southeast Lower Peninsula
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 regarding general fund balances. Have a written policy, strictly followed 11% 13% 17% 13% 13% 21% 15%
Have a written policy, loosely followed 7% 6% 8% 5% 4% 8% 6%
Have no written policy, but follow specific practices 49% 43% 42% 48% 41% 47% 45%
Have no specific policies or practices 25% 28% 24% 22% 30% 17% 24%
Not Applicable 2% 4% 2% 4% 2% 1% 2%
Don't Know 5% 6% 7% 7% 11% 7% 7%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.