• Research Report

    City and County Budget Crises: When in a hole, first stop digging

    posted March 3, 2009 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    This report documents the change in locally generated revenues of 98 North Carolina counties* and the 30 largest N.C. cities between 2002 and 2007. Locally generated revenues increased faster than population and inflation in 96 of 98 counties and 24 of 30 cities. In Union County, revenue increased 48 percent faster than population and inflation over five years. For that reason, many counties and cities are having financial difficulties because they have spent taxpayer revenues on unnecessary or low-priority projects.
  • Research Report

    Debt is Debt: Taxpayers on hook for TIFs despite rhetoric

    posted November 18, 2007 by Joseph Coletti
    Tax increment financing (TIF) hides the diversion of funds from government services that is inherent in borrowing. It still puts taxpayers at risk for repayment and is more expensive than general obligation bonds or certificates of participation (COPs).
  • Press Release

    Tax advocates unwilling to spare their own money

    posted November 4, 2007
    RALEIGH – People who urge local governments to dig deeper into taxpayers’ pocketbooks seem unwilling to part with their own cash voluntarily. That’s the key conclusion in a new John…
  • Research Report

    By The Numbers 2007: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties

    posted January 28, 2007 by Michael Lowrey
    County and municipal governments provide many key services while taking in billions in revenue. Their roles grow ever greater as state government shifts more taxing power to localities to make up for money kept by the state. Still, finding comparative data is hard. That's why this report provides information of how much local government costs in every city and county in NC.
  • Press Release

    N.C. cities should avoid ‘space race’

    posted June 6, 2006
    RALEIGH – Two N.C. cities could save taxpayers from millions of dollars in unnecessary spending, by slamming the door on new convention center projects. That’s the key recommendation in a…
  • Press Release

    Local Tax Burdens Grow Heavier

    posted February 7, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolinians are shouldering a heavier local-government tax burden, according to a new study by the Center for Local Innovation. The average North Carolinian saw local taxes…
  • Press Release

    Greenville Tax Burden Increases

    posted January 31, 2006
    RALEIGH – Local taxes and fees in Greenville totaled about $1,367 per resident in 2004, ranking the city 19th out of 26 major North Carolina cities for local government costs,…
  • Press Release

    Hickory’s Tax Ranking Drops

    posted January 31, 2006
    RALEIGH – Local taxes and fees in Hickory totaled about $1,747 per resident in 2004, ranking the city seventh out of 26 major N.C. cities in local government costs, according…

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