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Report · December 2009

Perceptions of Local Fiscal Stress During a State Budget Crisis

Max Neiman and Daniel Krimm

City and county governments in California have been hit hard by the state’s budgetary and economic difficulties, which have meant high unemployment and cuts to public services. This research details just how local governments are dealing with these fiscal troubles, using a survey of local officials. Among the most common local responses: even more cuts in public services, hiring freezes, and reduced contributions to reserves.

This research was supported with funding from the California State Association of Counties.