Cities Increasing Reliance on Fees as Other Revenues Fall, Lincoln Institute Analysis Shows


CAMBRIDGE, Mass – June 12, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Cities continuing to struggle with finances have been increasingly relying on user charges and fees, according to an analysis of freshly updated data from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s database on local government finance, Fiscally Standardized Cities.

User charges and fees – for sewer systems, waste management, parks, city-run hospitals and airports, and for a range of services including education, housing, and community development – are the only major source of revenue that has grown since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. On average, after adjusting for inflation, per capita revenues from user charges grew by over 7 percent between 2007 and 2012. During the same period, property tax revenues fell by 5 percent, and revenues from state aid and from other taxes by nearly 10 percent.

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