City Budget Shortfalls and Responses: Projections for 2010-2012

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 13, 2010

National League of Cities – Research Brief on America’s Cities, December 2009: “While the nation’s economy may be approaching the late stages of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, local government budget tightening and spending cuts over the next several years could well impose a significant drag on the nation’s economic recovery. Cities face layoffs, canceled contracts with small businesses and vendors, reduced services and sizable budget shortfalls for 2009 that are expected to grow much more severe and widespread from 2010 to 2012.1 With the pace of recovery still sluggish, the consequences of the recession will be playing out in America’s cities and towns, on Main Street and in the lives of families for years to come. This report provides projections about municipal budget shortfalls over the next three years and reviews city leaders’ responses to those conditions.”

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