Budget-Balancing Tactics in Local Government

Monday, February 1, 2010

The most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression presented local governments an enormous challenge. Growing needs for service were accompanied by huge declines in revenues, throwing many local government budgets into turmoil.In the summer of 2009, North Carolina local governments had just adopted their first sets of budgets in this new environment and already were worried about the prospect of even tougher times ahead. Budget officers gathered that summer at a meeting of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) and, after hearing a panel describing the budget-balancing tactics of selected cities and counties, asked the School of Government to compile a more comprehensive collection of such tactics by a broader set of local governments.This report is the product of that effort.

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Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles