In the November elections, residents in 171 cities in California—as well as numerous municipalities in Ohio, Alabama and Oklahoma—reversed recent trends and actually increased revenues for local services. Says Governing Magazine:
Have cities reached the limit when it comes to cutting services? That seems to be the case in California where voters passed 71 percent of local tax and bond measures, according to Michael Coleman, fiscal policy advisor for the League of California Cities. Dig a little deeper and you will find that 80 percent of city general tax measures passed on election night.