New KLC Report on City Operations Now Available.
New Comprehensive Report on City Operations Available
Today's Kentucky City released by KLC
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The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has released the most complete report ever published about how city governments in Kentucky actually work. Today’s Kentucky City: A Comprehensive Analysis of City Operations provides a wealth of information on how city governments function based on their population and classification. The report combines original research with publicly accessible data to offer a thorough analysis of city spending, taxation, personnel, service provision and more. Using over 100 sources and citations, the report offers a large amount of data on some of the most frequently asked questions about cities and how they operate.
Some of the key findings of the 100-page report include the following:
- Many of the state’s policies negatively impact urban areas.
- Total compensation paid to city employees has declined by three percent from FY 2007 to FY 2011, but benefit costs have increased 19 percent in that time.
- There are around 11 full-time equivalent employees per 1,000 city residents, which is almost the exact same ratio as in 1997.
- Cities spend more on wages and benefits for public safety personnel than they do in all other areas combined.
- Pension reforms passed during the 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly are projected to save cities around $1.6 billion over the next 20 years.
- Around 39 percent of vehicle miles traveled on local roads are in urban areas that receive only 16 percent of the funds shared through the state’s road aid formulas.
- The report provides information on median tax rates for priimary taxes levied by Kentucky cities.
- The current city classification scheme chooses winners and losers among cities and encourages cities to change classes – even if they do not meet the statutory population criteria – for more favorable treatment under the law.
- A local option sales tax, which is currently not allowed under the Kentucky Constitution, could have a significant impact on the quality of life of those who live, work, learn and play in cities. A tax of this nature would enable local voters to determine what significant investments, if any, are best suited for their community.
KLC provides research assistance and analysis to city officials, legislators, members of the media and the general public.
Requests for printed copies of this publication may be directed to the KLC office at 1.800.876.4552. A fee may be charged for printed copies.