CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
The 518 taxing districts within Cook County, Illinois have a combined “financial burden” of almost $34 billion - an average of $17,147 per Cook County household - according to a study released today by The Heartland Institute and Truth in Accounting (TIA).
Thirteen taxing districts in Cook County have a worse financial burden than Stockton, California, which is currently proceeding with bankruptcy.
Click here to download the report: The Municipal Government Debt Crisis.
Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of TIA and coauthor of the study, said, “This study is the first comprehensive analysis of Cook County’s taxing districts. It reveals how officials in many districts have been misrepresenting their financial conditions by telling citizens their budgets were ‘balanced,’ when in fact they have been accumulating an overwhelming amount of debt.”
Coauthor John Nothdurft, director of government relations for The Heartland Institute, warned, “The current fiscal state of many of the county’s municipalities is unsustainable, and citizens will continue to see more tax increases or municipal bankruptcies unless drastic pension and spending reforms are made.”
Weinberg and Nothdurft found:
There are 1,966,356 households in Cook County. Simple division produces the following average per-household amounts:
In addition to the findings reported above, the analysis includes the following information:
The complete analysis can be found at Heartland’s Web site.
For more information, please contact Jim Lakely, communications director, The Heartland Institute, at 312/377-4000 or by email at jlakely(at)heartland(dot)org and Sheba Sands, director of communications, Truth in Accounting, at communications(at)truthinaccounting(dot)org.
The Heartland Institute is a 29-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit its Web site or call 312/377-4000.
Truth in Accounting (TIA) is dedicated to promoting honest, accurate, and transparent accounting at all levels of government and business. As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, TIA works to expose accounting deficiencies and promote better, more accessible delivery of accurate government financial data, providing a foundation for more informed public policy. TIA provides its expertise to develop more effective accounting standards and deliver accurate government financial information to policymakers, opinion leaders, and citizens, so they can all work for a more secure financial future. For more information, please visit http://www.truthinaccounting.org or http://www.statedatalab.org, Truth in Accounting’s flagship, interactive database.