Revenue Actions

The most common action taken to boost city revenues has been to increase the levels of fees for services, as has been the case for much of the past two decades, regardless of the state of national, regional, or local economies. 

  • Two in five (43%) city finance officers report that their city has raised fee levels.
  • One in four cities also increased the number of fees that are applied to city services (23%).
Since the mid-1990’s, irrespective of economic conditions, the percentage of city finance officers reporting increases in property taxes in any given year has been reported at about this same level, reflecting state- and voter-imposed restrictions on local property tax authority and the political challenges of raising property tax rates.
  • Twenty-two percent of cities increased the local property tax in 2012.
  • Increases in sales, income or other tax are even less common than property tax increases.


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