Majority of U.S. cities ill-prepared for COVID-19 pandemic

JANUARY 26, 2021

The 2021 Financial State of the Cities (FSOC) surveys the fiscal health of the 75 largest municipalities in the United States. This data is released today by Truth in Accounting (TIA), a think tank that analyzes government financial reporting.

Financial State of the Cities 2021

JANUARY 26, 2021

Our fifth annual Financial State of the Cities report. This analysis surveys the fiscal health of the 75 most populated US cities prior to the coronavirus pandemic. 

2020 Financial State of the Cities

JANUARY 28, 2020

Our fourth annual report on the financial condition of the nation's 75 largest cities. 

What are cities spending money on? Increasingly, it’s debt

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 | GOVERNING | by Mike Maciag

When citizens think about where local taxpayer money goes, they often assume it pays for things like public safety, snow removal and trash collection -- routine operating expenses that come with running any big city. 

Council member wants to accelerate pension payments

JUNE 6, 2017 | NEWS4 JAX (FLORIDA)

A Jacksonville City Council member wants the city to think of the pension deficit like a credit card: The sooner it's paid it off, the less you pay in interest.

Merging police and fire pensions into state system would be a costly mistake

JANUARY 11, 2017 | THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

Op-ed by Tom Majdanics, identified at bottom of article as a citizen of Jacksonville, includes “As pension negotiations between the city and public safety unions continue, the unions have claimed that shifting new employees to the state-managed Florida Retirement System would be a fiscally responsible solution for Jacksonville taxpayers. ...

Dallas offers some worthwhile lessons about city pensions

DECEMBER 16, 2016 | JACKSONVILLE.COM

By Ron Littlepage, includes “Those interested in solving Jacksonville’s pension problems should be paying attention to what’s happening in Dallas.

Possible $44 million spike in pension costs riles City Hall

DECEMBER 1, 2016 | THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

By Christopher Hong, includes "A new financial analysis shows Jacksonville's pension costs for public safety employees could jump $44 million next year, ...

Mayor Curry says pension fund liability's cost to taxpayers may be underestimated by millions

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 | FIRST COAST NEWS (FLORIDA)

... Here's the full text of the mayor's email ..."

Why are the Koch brothers interested in Jacksonville? Pensions

NOVEMBER 21, 2016 | JACKSONVILLE.COM (FLORIDA)

By Nate Monroe and Christopher Wong, includes "Mayor Lenny Curry threw down the gauntlet earlier this month by proposing to eliminate pensions for all future city employees, ...

National watchdog: Jacksonville has 11th highest taxpayer burden

NOVEMBER 21, 2016 | WJCT (FLORIDA)

By Ryan Benk, includes "... Weinberg does not offer any remedies, though.