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New Report: City Officials Optimistic On City Financial Health

December 29, 2014 Comments off

New Report: City Officials Optimistic On City Financial Health
Source: National League of Cities

City officials are overwhelmingly feeling optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. The 29th annual City Fiscal Conditions report shows that city revenues are showing the first positive growth in 5 years and cities are beginning to hire workers again.

City officials clearly believe cities are in better shape than at any point since the recession. But there are still questions over what the next few years will bring since the report also indicates that revenue is likely to be flat next year, with increases in: service costs, long-term infrastructure needs, and city pension and health care obligations, along with decreased federal and state aid.

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Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities

October 18, 2013 Comments off

Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities
Source: National League of Cities

NLC has published a new report highlighting promising city efforts to improve the lives of children, youth and families in communities with populations below 75,000. “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities” provides a rich array of strategies shared by local officials representing more than 40 cities and towns across the country.

The report combines in-depth case studies of comprehensive family strengthening efforts in Rapid City, S.D., and Manchester, Conn. with a set of shorter city practices categorized by topic area that highlight local action in a broad range of areas.

Food on Wheels: Mobile Vending Goes Mainstream

October 7, 2013 Comments off

Food on Wheels: Mobile Vending Goes Mainstream
Source: National League of Cities

From coast to coast and places in between, it is clear that food trucks have arrived and are here to stay. Mobile vending generates approximately $650 million in revenue annually, and is on pace to quadruple revenue over the next five years.

Unfortunately, most cities are legally ill-equipped to harness this expansion. Many city ordinances were written decades ago, with a different type of mobile food supplier in mind, like ice cream trucks, hot dog carts and sidewalk peddlers. Needless to say, food trucks are not your mother’s mobile vending experience. Mobile vending today is a substantial departure from the vending typically assumed in outdated local regulations.

A new report from the National League of Cities spotlights the impact of the rapidly changing mobile vending industry on cities. The report, Food on Wheels: Mobile Vending Goes Mainstream, offers best practices for city leaders to take advantage of the benefits of food trucks, while balancing the need to regulate growth and account for the concerns of other stakeholders, such as brick and mortar restaurants.

City Fiscal Conditions in 2012

September 15, 2012 Comments off

City Fiscal Conditions in 2012
Source: National League of Cities

The nation’s cities continue to cut personnel, infrastructure investments and key services as the prolonged effects of the economic downturn take their toll on city finances according to the National League of Cities 27th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.

Cities Cut Jobs and Infrastructure as Finances Continue to Weaken

September 29, 2011 Comments off

Cities Cut Jobs and Infrastructure as Finances Continue to Weaken
Source: National League of Cities

The nation’s cities are cutting personnel and infrastructure projects as the economic downturn continues to take its toll on city finances according to the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 26th annual City Fiscal Conditions report.

The report reveals that general city revenues are continuing to fall, with a projected -2.3% decrease by the end of 2011. This is the fifth straight year of declines in revenue with probable further declines in 2012.

The revenue decline is mainly due to the suppressed property market that is negatively impacting property tax revenue. Property tax collections are expected to decline by -3.7% with further declines likely in 2012 and 2013.

Income tax receipts are also experiencing a decrease of -1.6%. Sales tax receipts remained largely flat, but this is at last year’s level which saw the worst decrease in sales tax revenue in 15 years.

Cities are responding by cutting personnel (72%), delaying infrastructure projects (60%) and increasing service fees (41%). One in three (36%) cities report modifications to employee health care benefits.

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