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.”