Preventing Local Government Fiscal Crises: The North Carolina Approach

11 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2007  

Charles K. Coe

North Carolina State University - Department of Political Science & Public Administration

Abstract

Some local governments face fiscal challenges due to mismanagement and declining economies. In particular, manufacturing states like Michigan and Ohio have been hard hit by the effects of international competition. To prevent fiscal distress from becoming a crisis, states exercise oversight over local government fiscal management. The three bond rating agencies consider the North Carolina oversight system a model. This paper discusses the North Carolina oversight system, including audit review, technical assistance, debt issuance, and power to take over the financial operations of distressed local units.

Suggested Citation

Coe, Charles K., Preventing Local Government Fiscal Crises: The North Carolina Approach. Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 39-49, Fall 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1011290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5850.2007.00879.x

Charles K. Coe (Contact Author)

North Carolina State University - Department of Political Science & Public Administration ( email )

P.O. Box 8102
Raleigh, NC 27695-8102
United States

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