University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fiscal Challenges Facing Cities: Implications for Recovery

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report examines the fiscal crises facing many U.S. cities, and how city leaders approach economic recovery. It finds that while deteriorating financial conditions frequently lead to service cutbacks and layoffs, some city officials are pursuing fiscal stability by rebalancing budgets, streamlining government operations, innovating new delivery models for social services, and targeting new sources of revenue.

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