Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS)
Spring 2015 Data Tables

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Q14a. Now, 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...

Jurisdiction Type Crosstabulation
% within Jurisdiction Type
  Jurisdiction Type Total
County Township City Village
Now, 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... Cut costs/services 54% 34% 47% 39% 38%
Increase taxes 4% 4% 5% 13% 5%
Use any savings 32% 40% 34% 28% 37%
Increase debt 1% 0% 2% 0% 0%
Don't know 8% 21% 12% 20% 19%
*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
Now, 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... Cut costs/services 33% 39% 43% 45% 43% 38%
Increase taxes 8% 3% 3% 6% 7% 5%
Use any savings 36% 38% 36% 42% 34% 37%
Increase debt 0% 1% 0% 0% 2% 0%
Don't know 22% 19% 18% 7% 13% 19%
*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
Now, 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... Cut costs/services 40% 38% 34% 28% 39% 49% 38%
Increase taxes 5% 5% 6% 6% 5% 5% 5%
Use any savings 33% 40% 39% 44% 35% 32% 37%
Increase debt 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Don't know 23% 17% 20% 21% 20% 14% 19%
*Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding within cells.