Local government budgets
Local government budgets are the budgets of cities, counties, school districts, and other local taxing authorities, such as park or community college districts.
Local government budget sites
The No Taxation without Information movement advocates the view that all local governments are obligated to post their budget online, on their website.
- It should be very easy for a regular person to quickly locate the budget on the website. In other words, a link to the pages where the budget is located should be prominently displayed and correctly labeled.
- The budget should be searchable.
- The website should also store copies of past year budgets, allowing people to readily compare the budget from one year to the next.
- Ideally, the website will include graphs and charts that enable people to visually grasp the basics of the budget.
A 2010 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research recommends the incarceration rate of non-violent offenders comprising 60 percent of the prison population be reduced by half. This would lower correctional costs for state and local governments by $7.6 billion per year. The federal government could save an additional $7.2 billion annually.
- Issues: Local Government Budgets—The Civic Federation
- "Balanced budgets in local government"—Institute for Balanced Government
- "Lawsuit Abuse Harming Local Government Budgets," Fox & Hounds, October 7th, 2011
- "Local government budget trends," GovPro, July 14, 2011
- "Survey: States facing pressure from federal, local governments," Kingsport Times News, November 29th, 2011