Identifying and coping with fiscal emergencies in Ohio Local Governments

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Abstract

This study examines the reasons fiscal emergencies occur in Ohio local governments and the strategies that local governments use to recover. In Ohio, fiscal emergencies have regularly occurred predominantly at the local level. This study aims to reveal the internal process that both bring on and ameliorates fiscal emergencies. Previous studies failed to differentiate between fiscal stress and fiscal emergencies and did not include the role of the Ohio Fiscal Emergency Law in assisting local governments in restoring long term fiscal health. This study finds fiscal emergencies in Ohio were caused by: (1) the increased costs associated with unfunded state-mandated programs and, (2) major economical downturns brought on by local plant closings. Local governments were found to have responded in the short run by strategies such as targeted expenditure cuts and in the long run by increased the use of economic development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-630
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Volume27
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration

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