Liabilities and assets
|Voting on Local|
|Local Ballot Measures|
|Original Case study|
|San Jose & San Diego|
A city, county, state or any corporation or fiscally active organization can calculate its net worth by comparing assets to liabilities.
Liabilities are debts owed, projected costs or in general any obligations of an entity. Assets are the currenty or reasonably estimated projected resources available to the entity. In relation to city budgets, pension funds or other funds, the fund is considered to have unfunded liabilities when its liabilities exceed its assets. Due to recent market declines, most public pension and healthcare funds across the country currently have debts, expected costs and projected payouts that far exceed the money in the fund, the projected investment returns and expected employee and employer contributions of the fund.
- Governing.com, "State Pension Plans: Liabilities, Funded Ratios," accessed December 10, 2013
- The Pew Charitable Trust, "A Widening Gap in Cities," January 2013
- The Pew Charitable Trust, "Pew Study Finds 61 Cities' Retirement Systems Face $217 Billion Gap"