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Local Governments Facing Budget Crisis

This is a collection of recent local fiscal news compiled by the ICMA News Briefing:

Wyandotte And Johnson County, Kansas, Face Multi-Million Dollar Cuts In State Aid.

The Kansas City Star (1/27, Bullers, Weibe) reports, "In more than a quarter-century of government work, Johnson County Commissioner Ed Eilert says he's never seen anything like it. ..."

Montgomery County, Maryland, Unions Under Pressure To Give Up Salary Increases.

The Washington Examiner (1/27, Fabel) reports, "County Executive Ike Leggett will negotiate police, fire and county worker's contracts. A move by Montgomery County teachers to forgo raises because of the tough economic times has increased the pressure on other county labor groups to do the same."

Guilford County, North Carolina, Seeks To Save Money To Avoid Tax Increases.

News 14 Carolina Raleigh, NC (1/26, Scannell) reported, "Guilford County commissioners are looking at how to do more with less – and not raise property taxes." The county is considering ways to save energy and will "offer early retirement incentives, which Alston said could save the county several million dollars."

Craven County, North Carolina, Commission Chairman Says Services May Have To Be Cut.

The New Bern (NC) Sun Journal (1/27, Book) reports, "Commissioners' Chairman Jason Jones said Monday that the county will probably have to trim services to avoid raising taxes.”


Here's a story from ABC News about what New York City and California are doing in response to their budget deficits. I guess things could be worse here in Minnesota.

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