September 13, 2010
A new survey of Virginia cities and counties shows distrust that the state can still help fund core services of local government.
The survey of 109 localities shows that most either raised taxes, imposed fees for services, cut services or some combination of those actions to balance budgets.
The survey was conducted jointly by the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties.
For the second straight year, declining state aid was the financial concern most listed by survey respondents. It was cited 73 times. Concern about withering real estate values was a distant second, cited 33 times.
On average, localities surveys reduced their budgets by 2.7 percent from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2011. School budgets were cut by 3.3 percent.