Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

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

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Q28h. 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 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).

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 reserve or stabilization accounts or other fund reserves. Have a written policy, strictly followed 28% 8% 20% 16% 12%
Have a written policy, loosely followed 12% 3% 14% 5% 5%
Have no written policy, but follow specific practices 37% 41% 44% 38% 41%
Have no specific policies or practices 17% 27% 16% 20% 24%
Not Applicable 3% 11% 4% 9% 9%
Don't Know 3% 10% 2% 12% 9%
*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 reserve or stabilization accounts or other fund reserves. Have a written policy, strictly followed 9% 9% 12% 22% 29% 12%
Have a written policy, loosely followed 4% 5% 7% 8% 10% 5%
Have no written policy, but follow specific practices 38% 43% 42% 44% 37% 41%
Have no specific policies or practices 25% 25% 26% 18% 14% 24%
Not Applicable 12% 9% 6% 4% 6% 9%
Don't Know 11% 8% 8% 4% 3% 9%
*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 reserve or stabilization accounts or other fund reserves. Have a written policy, strictly followed 14% 11% 11% 10% 11% 15% 12%
Have a written policy, loosely followed 3% 7% 5% 5% 5% 6% 5%
Have no written policy, but follow specific practices 46% 39% 40% 37% 42% 43% 41%
Have no specific policies or practices 20% 25% 22% 28% 26% 21% 24%
Not Applicable 9% 12% 11% 11% 6% 7% 9%
Don't Know 7% 6% 11% 9% 10% 8% 9%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.